The prostate is a walnut-sized, muscular gland surrounding the urethra. The urethra is the tube that allows urine and sperm to pass through the body. An enlarged prostate is a condition in which the prostate gland grows larger and presses on the urethra, leading to urination and bladder problems.
An enlarged prostate is often called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. It is not cancer, nor does it raise your risk for prostate cancer. In fact, it is a fairly common condition that occurs in almost all men as they get older.
There are numerous symptoms of an enlarged prostate, some of which include: urinary retention, incomplete emptying of your bladder, incontinence, urinating two or more times per night, pain while urinating or bloody urine, delayed start of the urinary stream, strong and sudden urge to urinate as well as a weak urine stream.