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Taking a Look at BPH

BPH Basics

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits between the bladder and the base of the penis. It produces the fluid that carries sperm out of the penis during ejaculation. The urethra – the tube that emits both urine and semen – runs directly through it.

When the prostate enlarges, it does so from the inside. During this process, the prostate cells can compress the urethra, making urination difficult. Eventually, the enlargement lead to bladder or kidney damage and the formation of kidney stones.

Having an enlarged prostate does not raise a man’s risk for prostate cancer, although it’s possible to have both conditions simultaneously. The main difference between the two is the location of the cells. With BPH, cells grow on the inside of the prostate. Cancer cells tend to grow on the outside and can spread to other organs.

BPH Treatment

Not all men with BPH need treatment. Some don’t have any urinary symptoms. Others don’t find the symptoms bothersome enough to undergo treatment. But for those that do, there are a number of options available. Choosing an effective treatment depends on the man’s personal situation.

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