It can be helpful for men to watch for signs or symptoms to detect and treat prostrate cancer in the early stages. Sadly, there are not any clear signs of warning signals. It is known that if prostrate cancer does produces symptoms, it is only identified in the later stage. Prostrate cancer symptomps are not necessarily experienced by everyone. The symptoms of the disease can vary from one individual to another. However, there are some symptoms that could be marked as prostrate cancer. Perhaps with learning what to watch for and being aware of such symptoms and later checking with the doctor could help prevent further problems from escalating. Because the distance between the prostrate gland, bladder and urethra is quite close, there are various unrinary symptoms that accompany prostrate cancer. A tumor can cause pressure on and restrain the urethra depending on its size and location which obstructs the flow of urine.
There are several signs of prostrate cancer that are tied to urination and some of them are burning or pain during urination. The patient may also experience trouble urinating, and struggle to start and stop while urinating. There may be urges to urinate more frequently at night. The person may not be able to control the bladder. The flow and pace of urine will possibly decrease. It is possible to have blood in the urine or semen. They may also lose the ability to stand up urinating.
Painful erection and difficulty in developing an erection (erectile dysfunction) are other symptoms of prostrate cancer. Aside from urinary symptoms in the area, patients can also have swelling in legs, lower back or pelvic and less immobility in the hips, legs or feet. Constant pain in the bones that doesn’t disappear or fractures are also symptoms of the disease. Different things, including spreading of the prostrate cancer can cause the occurrence of this pain.
An enlarged prostrate gland, or secondary cancers elsewhere in the body may also be symptoms of advanced prostrate cancer. The symptoms from secondary cancers rely on the location of the secondary cancers in the body. Nonetheless, some men can experience some general symptoms such as being unusually weary than normal, typically unwell and a loss of appetite.
However, the same symptoms can appear in non cancerous conditions. For example, men who have these symptoms may also have a condition named BPH (benign prostratic hyperthropy) or an enlarged prostrate. An infection or other conditions can also cause uninary symptoms. Plus, at times there are no such symptoms existing in men with prostrate cancer. Thus, it’s important to know some of the symptoms above does not signify that you have prostrate cancer.
It is recommended to see a doctor for a checkup or further advice if you have one or more these symptoms persisting for over two weeks. The doctor will give you a diagnosis based on how long and how often the symptoms have been occuring and other related questions. A crucial part of prostrate cancer care and treatment lies in relieving the symptoms if cancer is diagnosed. This is also known as palliative care, symptom management or supportive care. If there are any new symptoms and change of symptoms, be sure to inform your health care team.