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Misdiagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Diseases for which Benign prostatic hyperplasia may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Benign prostatic hyperplasia is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia:

Although some of the signs of BPH and prostate cancer are the same, having BPH does not seem to increase the chances of getting prostate cancer. Nevertheless, a man who has BPH may have undetected prostate cancer at the same time or may develop prostate cancer in the future. For this reason, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society recommend that all men over 40 have a rectal exam once a year to screen for prostate cancer.

After BPH surgery, the tissue removed is routinely checked for hidden cancer cells. In about 1 out of 10 cases, some cancer tissue is found, but often it is limited to a few cells of a nonaggressive type of cancer, and no treatment is needed. (Source: excerpt from Prostate Enlargement Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: NIDDK)

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When checking for a misdiagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia or confirming a diagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Benign prostatic hyperplasia may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Benign prostatic hyperplasia. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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