Different diseases can affect the prostate gland. These are more common as you age. About half of all men will have a prostate condition by the age of 70.

Prostate disease most commonly causes urinary symptoms such as difficulty urinating, the urge to urinate more often, painful urination, or feeling like you can’t fully empty your bladder.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate: This is a common condition that happens when the prostate grows larger with age. It can affect urination. It is treated with medications or surgery.

Prostatitis (infection or inflammation): Prostatitis is when the prostate gland becomes inflamed and sore. It can be very painful and causes more frequent urination. It can be treated with antibiotics, other medications or surgery.