Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Men experiencing symptoms of urinary difficulty is often NOT an indication of having prostate cancer. It is MORE often an indication of a condition called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.
Urinary symptoms may include frequent urination during the day and night, hesitancy in urination, urgency to urinate, and a weak urinary stream.
BPH is a condition of the prostate gland that obstructs the passage of urine from the bladder. It is due to an enlargement of the prostate gland that occurs due to ageing (See figure). It is NOT associated with prostate cancer. In fact, if your PSA blood test is elevated and you are experiencing urinary symptoms, it is more likely you have BPH and not prostate cancer since BPH can also elevate your PSA levels. Please consult with your physician in interpreting your PSA levels.