Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. This cancer originates in the prostate gland, which is a small, walnut-shaped gland that produces seminal fluid, that nourishes and transports a man’s sperm. It can be aggressive or slow-growing, but when detected early, has a better chance for being treated successfully. Even though prostate cancer does not often show symptoms at the early stages, there are several prostate cancer symptoms that every man be aware of.
Sign 1: Changes in urination.
Because the prostate gland is located in close proximity to the urethra and the bladder, changes in urination are very common. The urge to urinate more often between regular bathroom trips should raise a red flag, especially if it’s urgent and if you’re getting up to urinate in the middle of the night all the time. Some people experience a weak or interrupted flow of urine. Other warning signs include, pain or burning during urination or difficulty starting urination.
Sign 2: Changes in sexual function.
If you have difficulty getting an erection, it’s painful, or there is a noticeable change of the amount of ejaculated fluid, take note. In addition, if there is blood in the semen, you should contact your doctor right away.
Sign 3: Discomfort in the pelvis or surrounding areas.
Chronic pelvic discomfort or having pain when you’re sitting from an enlarged prostate is something you should have checked out right away. There are other medical conditions that could be at play, but it’s important not to ignore abnormal pain that you’re experiencing, especially if the pain begins to spread to the upper portion of the thighs, hips, back, or the bones. If a prostate tumor is large enough and the cancer has started to spread, it can press on other areas, including the spinal nerves in the lower back and spine. This can often cause muscle discomfort and other pain.
How to decrease your risk of developing prostate cancer:
Men that regularly drink heavy amounts of caffeine or alcohol and have a diet that is high in refined sugar and unhealthy fat have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. If your food and drink intake is unhealthy, make some simple dietary changes that include introducing more fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, start decreasing the amount of harmful fats, alcohol, and sugars you’re having on a daily basis and take in greater amounts of healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Exercising regularly and eating well is a great way to take control of your prostate health.
Knowing what to watch out for when it comes to the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer is very important. Recognizing early-onset symptoms of the disease could mean the difference between having to undergo a more invasive treatment and surgery versus making other simple changes that will keep it from growing or spreading. Always stay consistent with yearly check-ups, educate yourself, and most of all, if you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms on a regular basis for an extended amount of time, it’s important to contact a doctor right away for an exam.
If you or one of your loved ones are experiencing prostate cancer symptoms, or have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, schedule a 30-minute free consultation to learn more about our doctors and treatment approach.
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