Prostate cancer is a serious health condition that affects millions of men around the world. Early detection is key to successful treatment, so it's important to be aware of the warning signs and seek medical attention if you experience any of them. The most common symptom of prostate cancer is difficulty urinating, which can include a weak or interrupted urine flow. Other possible early signs of prostate cancer include unusually weak urine flow and unexplained pain around the prostate while sitting.
If the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland, men may experience swelling in the lower body, back, hip or bone pain, abnormal bowel or urinary habits, or unexplained weight loss. There's no way to know if you have prostate cancer without seeing your doctor, because most men with early-stage prostate cancer don't have any symptoms. The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for each man, and any of the symptoms may be due to other, less serious conditions. If you have one or more signs of prostate cancer, be sure to see a doctor right away.
A prostate cancer screening test will usually be performed, including a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA test. Even benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, require timely medical attention, so don't delay seeking treatment. If you have one or more of the five warning signs of prostate cancer, contact Cleveland Urology at (440) 891-6500 for an evaluation.However, because prostate cancer usually starts to grow in a different part (usually the outer part) of the prostate, in its early stages, it usually doesn't put pressure on the urethra and cause symptoms. It's important to note that the signs of prostate cancer are also shared by many other, less serious conditions.
Prostate cancer has long been considered a disease of the elderly, and most cases are diagnosed in men over 65.Cancer researchers have identified several factors that could increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer. If you have any of the warning signs, it doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer, and at the same time, you may be diagnosed with prostate cancer without any of the signs.In addition to difficulty urinating, other red flags for prostate cancer include weak and interrupted urine flow, unusual pain around the prostate when sitting, swelling in the lower back, feet and legs, abnormal bowel function or urination habits, and weight loss. And like most other malignancies, prostate cancer is usually more easily treated when detected at an early stage. Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer by their father or brother have a significantly higher risk of developing the disease; this risk increases if there are several family members who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.If you experience any of these warning signs for prostate cancer, don't hesitate to contact your doctor for an evaluation.
Early detection is key to successful treatment and can help improve your chances for a full recovery.