Mens FAQs

Does prostate cancer cause incontinence?

While prostate cancer does not directly cause urinary incontinence, it can be a side effect of their treatment. The treatment for prostate cancer treatment can cause nerve damage, as well as damage to the pelvic floor muscles that help you urinate.

Is incontinence a sign of prostate cancer?

The symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased urgency to urinate, particularly at night
  • Difficulty initiating the stream of urine
  • Weak flow or interrupted flow of urine
  • A need to strain in order to empty the bladder
  • Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
  • Onset of erectile dysfunction
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Is an enlarged prostate something to worry about?

    An enlarged prostate is common in men over the age of 50. This is not cancer, and isn’t usually a serious cause for concern. Some people believe that having an enlarged prostate signals an increased risk of prostate cancer, but this is not the case.

    Why does the prostate enlarge as you age?

    For most men, the prostate will begin to enlarge slowly as they age. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It does not indicate an increased risk of cancer. Scientists are not sure why BPH occurs, but for many men it becomes uncomfortable around the age of 50. They begin to have noticeable and uncomfortable symptoms as a result, including an increase in urgency and a difficulty starting their urine stream. The prostate gland is located around the urethra; as the prostate enlarges, it compresses the urethra, making urination more difficult.