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Is an enlarged prostate life-threatening?

Having an enlarged prostate does not affect your chances of getting prostate cancer. Although the two ailments have similar symptoms, like difficulty controlling urination, pain and bleeding while urinating, they are not related. However, this doesn't mean that someone with an enlarged prostate does not have prostate cancer. Sometimes cancer can be difficult to detect, so usually when a portion of the prostate is removed during surgery for an enlarged gland, it's tested for cancer.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
An enlarged prostate, also known as BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia, can be life threatening due to the inability to pass urine. Watch Dr. Oz discuss the dangers of BPH.



An enlarged prostate can be life-threatening. It can block the normal flow of urine out of the body, causing urine to back up into the kidneys. This can cause the kidneys to enlarge and not function properly. This can also cause a potentially life-threatening infection of the kidneys.

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