The chance of getting prostate cancer is one in seven, and this disease can occur at any time during your life. Although, prostate cancer does not cause early signs, many men experience prostate cancer symptoms associated with prostate gland disorders. Knowing the characteristics and early symptoms of prostate cancer can help with early diagnosis and increase chances of recovery.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Although most cases of prostate cancer do not cause serious health problems, a small percentage of this disease can be very serious. The most common problem in men with serious prostate cancer is seen when urinating.
Early prostate cancer symptoms
The signs that you might experience if you have prostate cancer are:
- changes in urination habits, such as having to urinate frequently, especially at night
- strong urge to urinate
- difficult to start or stop the flow of urine
- unable to urinate
- Weak or reduced urine flow
- intermittent urine flow
- a feeling that the bladder is not completely empty
- burning or pain when urinating
- blood in the urine (hematuria) or semen
- pain during ejaculation
Symptoms of prostate cancer that have spread
The signs and symptoms caused by cancer that grow larger or have spread to other parts of the body and organs, are:
- bone pain (especially in the back, hip, thigh, or neck)
- weight loss
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
- lost control of urination or defecation
Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. Therefore, it is important to check for unusual symptoms to the doctor.
In addition to being aware of the signs of prostate cancer, you should carry out routine cancer screening tests. If cancer is suspected, the team of doctors will confirm whether or not there is a tumor, and including what type of cancer it is. The diagnosis process can seem long and frustrating, but it is important for doctors to eliminate possible causes of other health problems before making a cancer diagnosis.
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