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Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is characterized by a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that causes urinary problems.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate is a small gland located just below the bladder, in front of the rectum, that produces certain components of semen. This gland, which is very small at birth, grows until the male reaches puberty. At adulthood however, the gland should cease to grow. Nevertheless, around 40 years of age, it is not uncommon for the gland to begin growing again and to become enlarged. When the prostate becomes too large, it becomes a condition referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is not a disease; it is simply a fact of aging that affects countless men. More than 50% of men in their 50s have symptoms and that percentage only increases with age. By age 80, more than 80% of men are affected.
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