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Is There A Connection Between BPH And Prostate Cancer?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is an enlargement of the prostate gland in men. The prostate gland enlarges as a man ages causing inconvenient symptoms in the urinary tract. It is not really a dangerous condition, but it should be monitored to prevent complications in the bladder, kidneys, and urinary tract. Many men wonder if is there a connection between BPH and prostate cancer. Let’s find out.

Symptoms of BPH

Almost all the symptoms of BPH relate to the urinary tract, and they become progressively worse if not treated.

They include the following:

  • Frequent urination
  • Waking up to urinate several times at night
  • Incontinence
  • A weak streammiddle aged man sitting on sofa
  • Difficulty voiding
  • Constantly feeling like you need to pee
  • Blood in the urine
  • Urine flow that starts and stops

If you are experiencing these symptoms, see Dr. Steven Gange in Salt Lake City, UT for a diagnosis and to learn treatment options.

Other Conditions That Can Affect The Prostate Gland

Besides an enlarged prostate, men can develop prostatitis, or an inflammation of the prostate gland, due to a bacterial infection. This condition has many of the same symptoms as BPH, but in addition, a man may experience a burning or stinging feeling when urinating, a high fever and chills, genital and rectal throbbing, loss of sex drive, and painful ejaculation. See Dr. Steven Gange if you have any of these more serious symptoms.

One other condition which affects the prostate gland is prostate cancer.

Is There A Connection Between BPH And Prostate Cancer?

Let us answer this question several ways. Benign means cancer free. Having an enlarged prostate, or BPH, does not increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

There is no direct link between BPH and prostate cancer meaning a patient with BPH is no more likely to have prostate cancer than one without BPH.

There are some men who do go on to develop prostate cancer. You can develop both, but one does not lead to the other.

Know Your Risks Of Prostate Cancer

  • Men who are older than age 50 are at a higher risk for prostate cancer.
  • African-American men have the highest risk followed by white men, Hispanics, and native American men. Asian American have the lowest rate of prostate cancer.
  • Family history is important. If your father or brother had prostate cancer, you are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop prostate cancer. If 3 or more family members had it, your risk rises to 10 times.
  • Regularly consuming a diet of fatty foods increases a man’s risk.

Talk with Dr. Steven Gange about your risk of prostate cancer and your need for screening tests.

Schedule a Consultation for BPH or prostate cancer in Salt Lake City

Contact Dr. Steven Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of BPH or prostate cancer.
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I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.