It's not known why the prostate gets bigger as you get older, but it is not caused by cancer and does not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. It's much more likely to be prostate enlargement, but it's important to rule out cancer. Medication can help reduce the size of your prostate and relax the muscles of your bladder. Most men will recover within a few weeks or months, although some will continue to have symptoms for longer. The prostate is a small gland found only in men. The prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut but tends to get bigger as you get older. The outlook for prostate cancer is generally good because, unlike many other types of cancer, it usually progresses very slowly. Prostate cancer therefore does not always need to be treated immediately. It can sometimes become swollen or enlarged by conditions such as:.
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