BPH is very common. The two drugs used to treat it, Proscar and Avodart are both $Billion$ dollar TV drugs..
Generally, a BIOPSY is used to rule out cancer, along with an ultrasound survey of the prostate to determine its size.. BPH can cause severe urinary symptoms, PC less so...
BPH can result in an elevated PSA score, Your Urologist should be able to sort it all out for you..
Take a look at my history and you will see where BPH and PC can intertwine and cause problems....
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.
I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..