BPH versus Prostate Cancer
What’s the difference between BPH and prostate cancer?
While BPH is non-cancerous and does not increase your risk of getting prostate cancer, the symptoms for BPH and prostate cancer can be similar. The easiest way to show the difference between BPH (enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer is to define them. First, if you’re curious what a prostate even is, it’s the gland in men located underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. It’s responsible for producing seminal fluid, which carries sperm.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — also called prostate gland enlargement — is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems
Prostate cancer the most common cancer in men, and it has many symptoms that may seem like other conditions. The good news is that prostate cancer is slow-growing and can be successfully treated when detected early on with tests such as a digital rectal exam or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. With the right information, you can learn about prostate cancer symptoms, treatment options, and what you can do to prevent this disease.
Similar BPH and prostate cancer symptoms
There are many symptoms that can be associated with BPH, prostate cancer, and other diseases, including:
- Frequent urination
- Painful or difficult urinations
- Poor flow of urine
- Difficulty starting a urine stream
- Inability to empty the bladder completely
- Blood in urine or semen
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
Note that many of these symptoms can also indicate an infection or a urinary tract issue, so it’s hard to self-diagnose the accurate medical concern. It’s important for you to speak with us about any prostate issues or symptoms you’re experiencing. Keep in mind that early detection is key in order to avoid further complications that can interfere with living your best life.