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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate gland is located in the abdomen just below the bladder. It is about the size and shape of a walnut. As part of the male reproductive system, it produces a milky white fluid that helps to protect and transport sperm during ejaculation. The gland also helps to control the flow of urine (urination).

As men age, it is common for the prostate to get larger. This enlargement is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH does not lead to prostate cancer.

BPH affects more than half of men in their sixties and most men in their seventies and eighties.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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