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Mon, Jun 24 12:31pm

Treatment Options for Enlarged Prostate

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist, @Margaret_Marie

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For men over 50, prostate problems are common. The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and surrounds the top portion of the urethra, which is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. The prostate's primary function is to produce the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

As men age, the prostate gland tends to grow larger. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called prostate gland enlargement, can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder, or bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Fortunately, a wide variety of treatments are available for enlarged prostate, including medication, minimally invasive therapies and surgery.

On this episode of the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Mitchell Humphreys, a Mayo Clinic urologist, highlights prostate health and treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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