BPH is a common condition that occurs as men age.
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. The urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder out your penis, runs directly through it.
The prostate continues growing throughout a man’s life. About 50% of men age 50 have an enlarged prostate. With every decade that number increases about 10%, so BPH occurs in about 60% of men who are 60, 70% of men age 70, and so on.
Normally, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. With BPH, it can grow to twice that size or even larger. Eventually, it can block the flow or urine and cause symptoms such as incontinence or urinary urgency. An enlarged prostate is not typically life-threatening, but the symptoms can be very bothersome. In severe cases, BPH can lead to kidney failure.