I have an enlarged prostate. What does this mean?

In many men, the prostate becomes larger as you get older, particularly in men older than 45 and most frequently over the age of 60. The symptoms often include difficulty in urinating, dribbling, a sensation of not quite emptying the bladder, or having to get up several times in the night to urinate. Different kinds of prostate problems can all cause the prostate to become enlarged or inflamed including prostatitis, very commonly benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and sometimes, (mainly in older men), prostate cancer. If you have symptoms, you may wish to take our symptom self examination test  to help gauge the severity of your symptoms. For more information about BPH see the BPH pages