Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

The prostate is composed of glands and muscle. With increasing age these tissues grow, resulting in enlargement of the prostate (BPH). BPH is rare before age 40, but is present in about 80% of men by age 80. About half of these men will have symptoms from the enlarged prostate.  We do not know what causes BPH but it appears to be related to subtle changes in hormone production, which occur with aging and, possibly, as a result of environmental factors such as diet.

BPH is not a cancer. BPH causes problems because as the prostate enlarges, it compresses the urethra and blocks the passage of urine from the bladder. This can prevent the bladder from emptying, sometimes causing damage to the bladder and kidneys, or the inability to pass urine. These serious effects are relatively uncommon; the more usual result of BPH is bothersome symptoms while urinating.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

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It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour: Feb 25, 2022

It's A Snow Day at Mt. Seymour, a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, is being held on Friday February 25, 2022. Visit the event website for more details and to register as an individual, team or for the reception only, to sponsor a participant, or to donate directly to Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Dr. Cherkasov awarded Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design

Dr. Cherkasov
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Killam Awards for Drs. Cox and Kwan; PCF Young Investigator Award for Dr. Kwan