Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in the stronger sex.
Although the prognosis is often good, especially in those who are treated during the early stages of the cancer, the outcome still largely depends on factors like age, the aggressiveness of the cancer, and other health problems that could affect the patient’s overall health.
It is important to take note, however, that prostate cancer may be slow growing but it often does not exhibit symptoms during the early stages, making it a bit difficult for the patient to realize that he is already sick. Still, it is important to be vigilant in watching out for the warning signs of prostate cancer before it is detected too late.
Here are symptoms you should not ignore:
Problems with urination
Urination problems are the most common signs of prostate cancer. Often, patients suffering from this medical condition have difficulty emptying the bladder, leading to frequent urination and related problems like urinary tract infection (UTI). Patients with prostate cancer also experience more frequent urinations during the night, affecting their sleep.
Blood in the urine
Sometimes, a patient with prostate cancer will also notice blood in his urine. If this occurs on a regular basis, make an appointment with your doctor.
Discomfort when sitting
Because of the enlarged prostate, the patient often experiences discomfort while sitting. If this happens to you or if you find yourself preferring standing up to sitting down because you feel dull pain or discomfort in your abdomen, better visit your doctor.
Erectile dysfunction or painful ejaculation
Men who suffer from prostate cancer often have problems in bed because the prostate gland is among the organs whose functions involve male sexual response.
Blood in the seminal fluid
Blood in the seminal fluid could mean that the cancer is in its advanced stage. Make sure to visit a doctor if this happens.