Prostate Cancer is the second-leading cause of death by cancer in men in the United States. Statistics estimated that there were over 238,590 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Though the number of diagnosed cases remains high, the survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is also on the rise. This can be attributed in part to early screening, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. It is important to recognize the symptoms of prostate cancer so that you can see a doctor right away for an early diagnosis. What are the common prostate cancer symptoms?
Problems With Urination And Prostate Cancer
The prostate functions as a part of the urinary tract since the urethra, which carries urine out of the body, passes through the prostate. Prostate problems can disrupt urination. Symptoms of prostate cancer include an increased frequency in urination, difficult urination, blood in the urine, and painful or burning urination. Though these can also be signs of other problems such as a urinary tract infection, it is important to see a urologist right away to receive a diagnosis for these urinary problems.
Pain And Prostate Cancer
Pain in the lower pelvic area can be a symptom of prostate cancer. There also may be a generalized pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs, as well as persistent bone pain. Don’t be a “tough guy” and ignore pain in these areas; go see a doctor so you can know whether or not your pain is a symptom of prostate cancer.
Sexual Problems And Prostate Cancer
The prostate is part of the urinary tract, but it also plays a role in the reproductive system. Prostate problems may show themselves as symptoms such as painful ejaculation, or blood in the semen. These can be signs of prostate cancer, and you should see a doctor if you experience these symptoms.
Weight Loss And Prostate Cancer
If you notice a loss in weight or a loss in appetite, then these may be symptoms of prostate cancer. Of course, weight loss and loss of appetite can also be symptoms of many other health problems as well. Don’t jump to conclusions about these general symptoms, but don’t ignore them either. Proceed with caution and see a doctor.
As you can see, there are a variety of symptoms for prostate cancer. Some will experience some symptoms, while others experience different symptoms. However, it is also important to note that in the early stages of the disease, many men with prostate cancer are actually symptom free. That is why it is important to know the risk factors for prostate cancer, and to be tested if you are at risk.
Your urologist can perform a DRE, or a digital rectal examination, usually combined with a PSA, or a prostate specific antigen test. Being aware of the symptoms and risk factors of prostate cancer and getting tested can help with early detection, which is our best chance at fighting this disease until a cure is found.