Is BPH a sign of cancer?

No. It's true that some men with prostate cancer also have BPH, but that doesn't mean that the two conditions are always linked. Most men with BPH don't develop prostate cancer. 

However, because the early symptoms are the same for both conditions, you should see a doctor to evaluate these symptoms.


Is BPH a serious disease?

By itself, BPH is not a serious condition, unless the symptoms are so bothersome that you can't enjoy life. But BPH can lead to serious problems. 

One problem is urinary tract infections.  If you can't urinate at all, you should get medical help right away. 

Sometimes this happens suddenly to men after they take an over-the-counter cold or allergy medicine.  In rare cases, BPH and its constant urination problems can lead to kidney damage.


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