Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH produces symptoms by constricting the flow of urine through the urethra.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: What You Need to Know
- BPH is the most common benign tumor found in men.
- Treatment is only necessary if symptoms become bothersome.
- As is true for prostate cancer, BPH occurs more often in the West.
- Symptoms related to BPH are present in about a one-quarter of men by age 55, and in about one-half of 75-year-old men by age 75.
- Surgery was the only option until the recent approval of drugs that can relieve symptoms either by shrinking the prostate or by relaxing the prostate muscle.
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of BPH?
Our specialists are constantly exploring new ways to relieve men’s symptoms and boost their quality of life. Transurethral resection of the prostate has long been the gold standard to treat BPH, but research suggests that new techniques involving vaporization may be safer and just as effective.
Journal Spotlight: Laser vs. TURP for BPH, The GOLIATH Trial