What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is one of the major cancers found in men today. It has a high cure rate as long as it is caught early enough. Know the symptoms and signs of the condition so that you can get medical attention before it is too late.
Prostate cancer affects a walnut-size gland that sits underneath the bladder in the male reproductive system. The prostate is responsible for secreting the thick fluid that composes semen to protect and move sperm. Men are advised to begin getting regular prostate exams once they turn 50.
Why are these exams important? Well, most cancers of the prostate occur in men who are over 65 unless there is a family history of the disease. But, early intervention can help you avoid ever getting prostate cancer. Doctors can detect subtle changes in the feel and size of the gland that could be a warning of things to come.
Currently, there are no warning signs if you are in the early stages of the cancer. Know this: Prostate cancer grows slowly and those who have it are more likely to die of other causes than this cancer. And, recognizing the symptoms and lowering your risk factors can keep it that way.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? The symptoms will begin to present when the tumor begins to grow. One tell-tale sign is frequent urination. If you notice that you are getting up more than usual at night to pee, be on the alert for other symptoms that may also be occurring.
Begin to examine your urine. A weak urine stream even when you know that your bladder is full can indicate that the prostate is getting bigger. Because the prostate is surrounded by the urethra (carries urine from the bladder to the outside) any changes in size will press on these tubes.
Having trouble controlling the stream is another sign. This pertains to getting the urine to flow in the first place or stopping it at will. Blood in the urine is the sign that usually alarms most men. The blood may also be present in ejaculated fluid. Pain or a burning sensation when you urinate or ejaculate is another noted symptom.
At the first sign of these conditions consult a doctor. It could be benign prostate disease or it could be a cancerous tumor getting larger.
There are also signs of advanced prostate cancer. This means that the tumor has gotten large enough to block normal function or the cancer has spread beyond the confines of the gland. Typical symptoms include:
* Losing weight
* Nausea or vomiting
* Pain in the pelvis, bones, lower back, ribs or upper thigh area
Don’t wait. A clear diagnosis of your situation can make all the difference.