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Can Enlarged Prostate Lead to Cancer?

By    |   Thursday, 27 August 2015 03:51 PM

An enlarged prostate could be a sign of cancer, but such a diagnosis can also signal other health concerns.

Cancer Research UK noted: "It is possible for men with benign prostate disease (BPH) to go on to develop prostate cancer as well. But there is no clear evidence to suggest that having BPH leads to, or increases, the risk of prostate cancer."

The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and it wraps around the male urethra. One problem that causes prostate swelling is benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, according to eMedicineHealth.com, a WebMD site.

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That condition can cause issues with the urinary tract in men that mimic symptoms of prostate cancer. PSA testing for the disease gives a far clearer picture of actual risk of cancer. This test has helped cut the death rate from prostate cancer in men to just 3 percent, eMedicineHealth.com noted.

Symptoms of prostate cancer include slowness or dribbling of urine, difficulty with and heightened urgency to urinate, increased urination frequency, and getting up in the middle of the night to urinate.

According to Healthline: "Prostate tissue can enlarge in response to certain hormones. It can swell and block the flow of urine from the bladder, causing uncomfortable symptoms and potentially infection."

WebMD reported that there is little evidence to date to suggest a correlation between an enlarged prostate and an increase in cancer risk.

But it noted: "BPH and prostate cancer have similar symptoms, and a man who has BPH may have undetected cancer at the same time."

Men should be screened for prostate cancer with a PSA test and digital rectal exam starting at age 50, the American Cancer Society suggested. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are advised to begin such tests sooner.

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