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is prostate cancer the main cause of incontinence in men?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tahir Ijaz
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Incontinence: Incontinence of urine may be complication of surgery for prostate cancer (rarely from radiation therapy to the prostate as well). It is rare for prostate cancer itself to cause incontinence as a presenting symptom, if that is the question.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Not exactly.: Prostate cancer in itself rarely is a cause of urinary incontinence. When locally advanced, it can cause urinary retention. Prostatectomy, a surgical treatment for prostate cancer, can often cause some degree of stress urinary incontinence that can get better with time. Enlargement of the prostate (BPH) can cause overflow or urge urinary incontinence. Overactive bladder can also cause leakage.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not cancer per se: Treatment for benign enlargement of the prostate and prostate cancer may lead to incontinence. The cancer per se is not the cause of incontinence.
Dr. Howard Usitalo
Urology 40 years experience
No: The main causes of incontinence in men is prostate enlargement and overactive bladder. Prostate cancer is a small percentage of incontinence in men. If you have incontinence, see your doctor many treatments short of surgery are available.
Dr. Robert Bass
Urology 19 years experience
No: Prostate cancer doesn't cause incontinence. Incontinence can develop from treatments for the cancer.

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