Guys, when things start to go wrong below the belt, it’s uncomfortable. Embarrassing too.
But let’s face it, those feelings are small potatoes compared to the big one that starts nipping at your heels… FEAR.
Because when you’re battling leaking, mad rushes to the toilet in the middle of the night, dribbling despite being desperate to go, and more, it’s nearly impossible to not start worrying about the Big C.
I get it. It’s only natural to wonder if your symptoms might eventually lead to prostate cancer. But new research could deliver some much-sought-after peace of mind just when you need it the most.
The other (more common) condition those same symptoms are a marker for is an enlarged prostate. Doctors call it benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. And now, a new study is delivering some good news about the connection between BPH and prostate cancer.
Researchers say that despite some similar symptoms, there’s NO LINK between the two conditions.
“Below the belt” problem could REDUCE cancer risk
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, of course. Some other studies have reached similar conclusions.
But this new research goes even further. It offers an extra level of reassurance to the 50 percent of men between 51 and 60 and 90 percent of men older than 80 with an enlarged prostate.
It finds that as the prostate gets BIGGER, the odds of developing prostate cancer shrink even further. In fact, for each 1-centimeter increase in prostate volume, the chances of developing prostate cancer drop by about another 3 percent.
It’s not entirely clear yet why this is the case. But it may simply be that the extra size of the prostate puts enough pressure on the gland to make it harder for a tumor to form.
So you can finally relax. Because not only will an enlarged prostate NOT raise your cancer risk, it might even shrink it.
Unfortunately, however, that may NOT be true about the meds commonly used to treat BPH. It turns out those are another story.
Don’t trade symptom relief for prostate cancer
Research reveals that some common drugs used to treat an enlarged prostate may increase your risk of dangerous high-grade tumors if you develop prostate cancer.
One study even found that the meds could cover up prostate cancer warning signs in some cases, allowing a tumor to grow and spread undetected.
Researchers in 2019 found that 5α-reductase inhibitors such as finasteride and dutasteride can cause PSA scores to plunge artificially. And that could cause a critical cancer diagnosis to be delayed.
It takes about two and a half times longer to detect these cancers “hidden” by the drugs: 1.4 years in men who don’t take the meds versus 3.6 years among those who do.
You’ll find all the details of that disturbing story and learn what you need to know to protect yourself in my earlier report, Popular prostate meds can cover up cancer risk.
Of course, PSA alone isn’t a great way to detect prostate cancer risk anyway. But if you do have the test, you at least need an accurate score before you can decide what to do next. And unfortunately, you won’t get it, thanks to those meds.
So if you have an enlarged prostate, talk with your doctor about trying some safer options for relieving your symptoms first.
You can start with stinging nettle, one of the most popular non-drug solutions for BPH. Stinging nettle is commonly prescribed by doctors in Europe. Studies show this all-natural remedy could improve urine flow by 14 percent and decrease leftover urine in the bladder by up to 50 percent.
It’s easy to find stinging nettle on its own. But many guys find they get even better results when it’s combined with other enlarged prostate remedies such as beta-sitosterol, saw palmetto, and Pygeum Africanum.