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An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)) is common in men after the age of about 50.
Having an enlarged prostate does not mean you have cancer.
In some cases, an enlarged prostate can cause the urethra to narrow which can slow down or stop the flow of urine.
About 4 out of every 10 men over the age of 50 (40 per cent) and 3 out of 4 men in their 70s (75 per cent) have urinary symptoms that are caused by an enlarged prostate.
Having an enlarged prostate does not put you at greater risk of getting prostate cancer. The two conditions begin in different areas of the prostate gland. However, it is possible to have both an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer at the same time. In most cases, early prostate cancer does not cause any urinary symptoms.