Prostate problems (BPH)

Benign prostate enlargement (BPE) is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you pass urine and is common in men aged over 50.

Prostate

Benign prostate enlargement (BPE) is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you pass urine and is common in men aged over 50.

It is not cancer, and it isn't usually a serious threat to health.


If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can place pressure on the bladder and urethra and can make it difficult to urinate.

Benign prostate enlargement can sometimes lead to complications such as urinary tract infections and urinary retention.

The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to hormonal changes as a man ages. The balance of hormones in your body changes as you get older and this may cause your prostate gland to grow.

This is one of the most common prostate conditions among older men, affecting about 20 per cent of men in their 50s.

There is a wide range of treatment options available for men with BPH from medical therapies to surgical procedures.

*For information purposes only. If you have any health concerns, seek immediate attention from your doctor.