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

VPC Terry Fox team 2016

Terry Fox Run - September 20, 2020

The 40th annual Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday September 20 across Canada, as a virtual event.  Please consider donating to or joining our TFRI-VPC team as we raise funds to enable The Terry Fox Foundation & The Terry Fox Research Institute to continue their support of innovative and progressive cancer research programs

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Drs. Gleave, Lack and Wang awarded CIHR Project Grants

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

MSFHR 2020 Awardees: Drs. Hach, Gentile, Massah

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Drs. Cherkasov and Jean receive CIHR grant to find new antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19