The Link Between an Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as an enlarged prostate, is a common occurrence among older men, particularly those who are over 50 years old. It should be noted that prostate enlargement is as common as grey hair when it comes to aging. Here at our Spokane urology practice, we get a lot of questions about the link between BPH and the occurrence of prostate cancer.

BPH Is Not A Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer

To answer the question, there is no clear evidence yet that BPH leads to prostate cancer. As quoted in this 2012 report, “BPH is not a known risk factor for prostate cancer, although the two frequently coexist. Age is the strongest predictor of prostate cancer risk, along with family history. BPH is not considered to be a precursor of prostate cancer. It is likely that although BPH may not make prostate cancer more likely to occur, it may increase the chance of diagnosing an incidental cancer.”

If you’d like to learn more about the risk factors of prostate cancer and how to prevent it, call us at (509) 921.0099 of fill out this online contact form. Dr. Rob Golden M.D. has been a leading urologist in Spokane for almost 30 years. His practice philosophy is to treat all patients with respect and compassion. Dr. Golden draws on his knowledge of both urology and complementary therapies to diagnose and treat acute and chronic urologic problems, in an environment of healing, caring, and transformation. We look forward to your visit!

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