Enlarged Prostate

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A portrait of a man who could be concerned enlarged prostate, a common problem in aging men.

Men often dread even the idea of having a prostate check. But because enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition that affects men as they age, it's important to know the facts and to get a prostate exam at your next checkup.

Enlarged prostate mainly affects men over 50—in fact, by the time men reach the ages of 51 to 60, nearly 50 percent of them have the condition. It is, however, extremely rare for men under the age of 40 to have an enlarged prostate. While an enlarged prostate can be uncomfortable, it's not life threatening.

"If you have urinary symptoms, it usually is not a sign of prostate cancer," says Stanton Honig, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist and clinical professor of urology at Yale School of Medicine. "However, it is important to get checked to be sure. We have excellent medical and minimally invasive treatment options to help these urinary symptoms," says Dr. Honig.

A diagnosis of enlarged prostate often leaves men confused about treatment options. However, our Yale Medicine specialists are trained in the latest procedures that restore quality of life as quickly and comfortably as possible.