Risk Factors for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop BPH with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing BPH. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
The three primary risk factors for BPH are:
Age —The risk of BPH increases with age, beginning at about age 40. The incidence increases with age—50% by age 50 and 80% by age 80.
Ethnic background —The risk of BPH begins to rise in African American men about 5 years earlier than it does for Caucasian American men. This condition is less common among men living in Asian countries.
Gender —BPH occurs only in men.
Studies have associated BPH with:
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 9/17/2014
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