11 doctors weighed in:

Is prostate cancer the main cause of incontinence in men?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tahir Ijaz
Radiation Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Tahir Ijaz
Dr. Tahir Ijaz
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Dr. Robert Bass
Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Prostate cancer doesn't cause incontinence.
Incontinence can develop from treatments for the cancer.

In brief: No

Prostate cancer doesn't cause incontinence.
Incontinence can develop from treatments for the cancer.
Dr. Robert Bass
Dr. Robert Bass
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Howard Usitalo
Dr. Howard Usitalo
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm
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