BPH: Myths vs. Facts

Navigating the misconceptions and uncertainties surrounding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) can be quite difficult. As a common condition affecting men, BPH often finds itself entangled in myths that can hinder an accurate understanding and timely intervention.

Here, we aim to unravel the truths surrounding BPH, distinguishing between myths and facts. We will debunk common misconceptions and gain a clearer understanding of this aspect of men’s health.

MYTH: Having BPH Automatically Means You Have Cancer

This is probably the most common myth that circulates the issue of BPH. No, having BPH does not automatically mean that you have cancer. While BPH and prostate cancer do share some similar symptoms, they are completely distinct conditions.

BPH is a non-cancerous condition that commonly occurs in aging men, and involves the enlargement of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer, on the other hand, is a malignant growth of cells in the prostate gland. It is important not to jump to conclusions, as many men with BPH do not develop prostate cancer.

MYTH: A Larger Prostate Causes Worse Symptoms

Once again, this is a myth. Having a larger prostate does not necessarily mean that you will have worse symptoms. While a larger prostate does not guarantee issues, a smaller one does not guarantee avoiding treatment.

When it comes to BPH symptoms, what matters is not the size of the prostate, but rather what is happening inside of it. If a doctor feels a large prostate during a rectal exam, it does not automatically mean there is an obstruction inside.

FACT: BPH is Extremely Common in Men

Yes, it is true that BPH is a common condition in men, particularly as they age. The prostate naturally grows larger as men get older, and this enlargement can lead to various urinary symptoms.

In fact, the prevalence of BPH increases with age, and it is estimated that about 50% of men aged 51 to 60 have some degree of prostate enlargement. By the age of 80, around 80% of men may experience symptoms of BPH. While BPH is common, not all men with an enlarged prostate will necessarily develop significant symptoms.

FACT: BPH Can Cause Other Serious Issues

While BPH itself is not considered a serious or life threatening condition, it can lead to complications and affect a person’s quality of life. BPH can lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Additionally, the inability to completely empty the bladder may result in the formation of bladder stones.

In some cases, BPH can cause a sudden and complete inability to urinate, leading to a medical emergency known as acute urinary retention. Severe cases of BPH, if left untreated, may lead to chronic kidney problems due to urinary retention and backflow of urine into the kidneys.

MYTH: You Just Have to Live With Your BPH Symptoms

This is a complete myth. Plenty of treatment options exist to help manage urinary problems related to BPH. You do not have to live with your bothersome symptoms.

Here at SanoMed Rezum, we offer Rezum Water Vapour Therapy, a minimally-invasive treatment for patients with BPH symptoms. Book a consultation with us today to learn more about how we can help you and your symptoms.