Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate that is not due to cancer. BPH can cause problems with urination because as the prostate gets bigger, it compresses the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Thankfully, medications and procedures can ease the symptoms of BPH.

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