The more you know about the prostate and the normal development and function of the prostate, where it’s located, and what it’s attached to, the better you can understand how prostate cancer develops and impacts a man’s life over time – due either to cancer growth or as a result of treatments.
Prostate awareness isn’t only for September. It’s something us guys have to be aware of every day. Improve your knowledge, and stay safe.
So what are the warning signs of prostate cancer? Unfortunately, there usually aren’t any early warning signs for prostate cancer. The growing tumor does not push against anything to cause pain, so for many years the disease may be silent. That’s why screening for prostate cancer is such an important topic for all men and their families. In rare cases, prostate cancer can cause symptoms so you need to be aware of what they are:
– A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, sometimes urgently
– Difficulty starting or holding back urination
– Weak, dribbling, or interrupted flow of urine
– Painful or burning urination
– Difficulty in having an erection
– A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
– Painful ejaculation
– Blood in the urine or semen
– Pressure or pain in the rectum
– Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
Remember: urinary symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have cancer. Prostatitis or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, also known as enlargement of the prostate) are benign diseases but can cause similar symptoms and are very common. What about difficulty in having an erection? Again, this is most likely not caused by cancer but by other factors such as diabetes, smoking, cardiovascular disease, or just plain getting older. That said: Symptoms are symptoms, and no matter what’s most likely to be causing them, you should get them checked out by a doctor. The ultimate goal is to prevent men from developing prostate cancer. Although significant progress has been made and genetic and environmental risk factors for prostate cancer have been identified, the evidence is not strong enough for conclusive recommendations on prostate cancer prevention.