Know About These 8 Myths Associated With Benign Prostate Conditions
Know About These 8 Myths Associated With Benign Prostate Conditions : In the male reproductive system, the prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that can become a topic of concern for men as they age. One often associates prostate-related problems with cancer, but benign prostate conditions — such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — are common, and often misunderstood. Dr Niti Krishna Raizada, senior director, medical oncology and hemato-oncology at Fortis Hospitals, Richmond Road, Bangalore says there are numerous myths and misconceptions surrounding these conditions that can cause unnecessary anxiety and confusion.
The expert debunks some of the common myths surrounding benign prostate conditions; read on.
Myth 1: All prostate enlargement is cancer
Fact: This is one of the most prevalent myths. In reality, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous condition characterised by the enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH is common among aging men and is not associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. While BPH can cause urinary symptoms, it is not a malignancy.
Myth 2: Only older men experience benign prostate conditions
Fact: While it is true that the risk of developing BPH increases with age, younger men can also be affected. Some men may experience symptoms of BPH in their 40s or even earlier. Although its prevalence rises with age, it is not exclusive to older individuals.
Myth 3: Benign prostate conditions don’t require treatment
Fact: Some men believe that benign prostate conditions do not require treatment, as they are non-cancerous. While these conditions are not life-threatening, they can significantly impact a man’s quality of life. Symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, weak urine flow, and nocturia can be bothersome and disruptive. Treatment options are available to alleviate these symptoms.