Prostate Health Month provides an opportunity to increase awareness around the health issues that are associated with a man’s prostate: BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), prostate cancer and prostatitis. You should know what your prostate is and what it does.
BPH is the medical term for an enlarged prostate (the prostate is the male sex gland that produces the fluid for semen . The prostate is small, about the size of a walnut and surrunds the urethra, a tube that takes urine from the bladder to the oenis. The urethra also carries semen during ejaculation. The prostate gland grows during puberty and then doesn't change much until age 40 when it begins growing again and may continue to grow with age. An enlarged prostate is not cancerous and is the most common prostate health problem among men over 50. Half of all men between the ages of 50 and 60 will develop it, and by the age of 80 about 90% of men will have BPH.