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BPH – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 June 2014, Men's Health

What is BPH?

BPH is short for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – a bit of a mouthful.  As the name suggests, it is a condition of the prostate, and as such, a men’s issue.

To explain BPH, we need to review a bit of anatomy.

The prostate is a gland part of men’s reproductive organs.  It secretes seminal fluid, which is the carrier for sperm.  It is located just below the bladder.  It is shaped like a donut surrounding the urethra canal, which carries urine out of the bladder to be expelled.

Now, the issue with the prostate is that around age 40, it tends to start growing abnormally.  As the prostate grows, it squeezes the urethra making urination difficult. It is the growth of the prostate that is called Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.  Benign as opposed to cancerous, and hyperplasia means enlargement by cell multiplication.

As “abnormal” as this prostate growth is, its frequency is astounding. By age 50, 50% of men are feeling symptoms.  By age 80, it is 80% of men.  At this rate, you would think we would hear more about it.  But then, most men do not talk about health issue much, especially if it has to do with a sexual organ.  Thankfully the Movember movement is doing a great job working on that.

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