Prostate Cancer Symptoms and the Advantages of Early Diagnosis

Cancer is something that is catingious or ill-dealing for several years. If the cancer is held in the beginning, may have any symptoms. Some men, however, will experience symptoms that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. These may include: 

Frequent need to urinate, especially at night 

Difficulty getting started 

The flow of urine is weak or interrupted 

Pain or burning during urination 

It is difficult to start a room 

Pain during ejaculation 

Blood in urine or semen 

Pain or stiffness that continues in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs 

Sometimes the first symptom will be pain in the back, hip or pelvis caused by cancer that has already spread. It is important to note that the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement (i.e. non-cancerous) and benign tumors (cancerous) may include any of the following symptoms: 

Difficulty getting started 

Frequent need to urinate, especially at night 

Pain during urination 

Blood and urine 

Also, men over the age of 50 often have an enlarged prostate due to the non-cancerous condition of prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement.

Therefore, if you notice any of the above symptoms, it is important to see your doctor and get it checked out. But know that most prostate enlargements are not due to cancer and can always be treated successfully.

Early detection of prostate cancer 

Prostate cancer is often diagnosed at an early stage by measuring the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Prostate cancer can also be diagnosed early by your doctor performing a digital rectal exam (DRE). Since the prostate gland is close to the penis, the doctor can physically detect if there are any signs of inflammation in your prostate. Unfortunately, the PSA and DRE tests are not perfect. This can lead to anxiety and confusion, and even a false sense of security. Therefore, it is important to take into account your age, your general health condition and your lifestyle. If you are young and have prostate cancer, if you are not diagnosed early enough, it can shorten your life. However, if you are old or in poor health, prostate cancer may not be a serious problem because of its slow-growing nature.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men start having a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE) every year starting at age 50. People at high risk, such as African Americans and those with close relatives who developed prostate cancer at a younger age, are recommended to start screening at age 45.

The prognosis for people with prostate cancer has improved significantly in recent years. Over the past two decades, the survival rate for all stages of prostate cancer has increased from 67% to 97%. Therefore, most men live longer after diagnosis. In all, this is due to early detection programs, increased public awareness, especially for prostate cancer symptoms, and the adoption of better lifestyles.