BPE Normal Diagram


No enlargement is present. Urine flows freely without compression to the Bladder and Urethra.

BPE Benign Diagram


Enlargement of the Prostate has begun, but no Cancer is present.

BPE Squeezing Diagram


As the Prostate enlarges, it squeezes the Urethra slowing urine flow. Urgency also may be present due to pushing on the Bladder.

George Bernard Shaw

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”


Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE) is the medical term to describe an enlarged prostate, a condition that can affect how you urinate.

BPE is common in men aged over 50. It’s not Cancer, and it’s not usually a serious threat to health. Many men worry it means they have an increased risk of developing Prostate Cancer, but it does not increase risk.

The cause of BPE is unknown, but hormonal changes as a man gets older may cause the Prostate to grow.

Mild symptoms do not usually require immediate treatment, simply regular check-ups.

Lifestyle changes can help, such as: drinking less alcohol & caffeinated drinks, limiting artificial sweetener intake, exercising regularly and drinking less in the evening.

When a patient is more symptomatic, medication will help the Prostate shrink in size and relax the Bladder to reduce symptoms.

Surgery is usually only recommended when symptoms have not responded to lifestyle changes or medication.

Check it!
The classic symptom everyone will know about from their grandfather is waking up several times a night to go to the toilet. When urinating, symptoms include a weak interrupted urine stream, a hard time starting and stopping and dribbling at the end. A sudden urge to urinate or feeling the Bladder is not empty is also common. Pain is not usually a symptom.

AGE 50+


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