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

Father's Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer https://www.thefathersdayrun.ca/

Father's Day Walk Run fundraiser - June 19, 2022

Our Centre has two fundraising teams (Burnaby and virtual) in The 2022 Father's Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer on June 19, raising funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC - more information at the hyperlinks

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

VCHRI News: Mapping the driver of prostate cancer

Representative regulatory network for a single androgen regulated gene. Using multiple experimental approaches can characterize the complex interplay between different DNA switches to turn genes on. Image taken from VCHRI News original story.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Dr. Nappi awarded NIH R37 MERIT grant for international multi-centre testicular cancer research

Dr. Nappi