How do other illnesses affect an enlarged prostate?

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.

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