BPH and Prostate Cancer

BPH is one of the most common health problems in men of advanced age. In fact, the majority of men over the age of 50 will suffer from the symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. These disruptive symptoms can include trouble urinating, urgency in urination and frequency in urination amongst others.

A very common question regarding the relationship between BPH and cancer is “Does BPH Lead to Prostate Cancer?” BPH and prostate cancer do not appear to be related, even though an enlarged prostate may be a symptom of either disease. The possibility of prostate cancer, however, is an important reason to speak to your urologist if you begin to experience the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Only a visit to a qualified professional can render a diagnosis.

Prostate Cancer Prevalence and Detection

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States other than cancers of the skin. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in the US after lung cancer. However, most men diagnosed will survive the disease. As men age, they should be keenly aware of the signs of prostate cancer. While it is, in general, a slow moving disease, men should be screened for it based on their age and other risk factors. Your primary care physician will screen you at your annual physical examination and may use blood tests to determine your PSA level, if appropriate. These screenings are critical to ensuring your lower urinary tract health and early detection.

Older males and their significant others should treat the symptoms of enlarged prostate very seriously because they may be signs of several different conditions associated with the prostate gland.