Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Prostate cancer is a serious concern among many men, with thousands of cases every year. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in the male reproductive system. Since the prostate gland is not necessary for a man to function, the survival rate for prostate cancer is very high. In fact, it is much higher than some other forms of cancers. However, because of where the prostate is located, it can easily spread or be difficult to access. Therefore, it is important to get routine physicals to detect cancer before it becomes worse, spreading to other areas. If you or a loved one is at risk for prostate cancer or you suspect you might have prostate cancer, read on to learn more about the eight early symptoms of prostate cancer.
Some of the earliest warning signs are difficulty urinating and a weakened stream of urine. A symptom of urinary difficulty can be troublesome because it can be a symptom of a number of other conditions like bladder infections or kidney disorders. In some cases, difficulty urinating could also be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease or infection. The same can be said of weakened streams of urine. That is why it is so important to see a doctor as soon as you notice any urinary symptoms. It could save your life.
Many patients may experience blood in the semen and even painful ejaculation. Blood within the seminal fluid may be difficult to notice, but it will probably cause some alarm if you do. You may feel some embarrassment about talking to your doctor about it, but it is important to address it as soon as possible. Painful ejaculation is not normal, although it may occur if a man is dehydrated. However, consistent experiences of painful ejaculation may be indicative of prostate cancer and should be discussed with your doctor.
Patients can also experience pain in the bones and especially the pelvic area where the lower back may feel stiff as well. Bone pain can be a sign of cancer, and if the pain is in a part of the body that is not the pelvis, it may be a sign that the cancer has spread. Bone pain in the hips or pelvis can be a sign of prostate cancer and may or may not be a sign of cancer spreading. Bone pain should always be reported to your doctor as it is different from muscle or nerve pain and can be a sign of a serious condition.
Finally, erectile dysfunction and incontinence may be a problem since patients often have trouble controlling their urge to urinate. Since the prostate creates part of the seminal fluid, it will likely have an effect on your erection. Incontinence may also be an issue. Since a lot of the anatomy is so close together in that part of the body, many functions may be affected by prostate cancer. Regardless of the cause, both of these symptoms will usually affect your daily life, so should be discussed with your doctor as soon as possible.