Is It A Prostate Canser Symptom?

Among men in the United States prostate cancer is the most common form of non-skin cancer found. In 2005 some eighteen percent of men in the United States had prostate cancer. 30,000 deaths in 2005 were caused by prostate cancer. One of the keys to success in treating it is early detection and for this getting regular check-ups is vital, as there are few early prostate canser symptoms. The earlier you detect the easier it is to treat and the higher chance you have of defeating the cancer.
One of the problems in detecting prostate cancer early is that it often has little or no symptoms at all. This is why regular check-ups are so important as you age and the risk of prostate cancer increases, because it is difficult to determine whether or not you have prostate cancer any other way. However, it is possible to have a prostate canser symptom even in early stages, and you should be on the look-out for them.

However, many of these early symptoms of prostate cancer can also be symptoms of other diseases and disorders, particularly benign prostatic hypertrophy. If you do develop any of these symptoms it is highly recommended that you immediately see a doctor for a thorough check-up to determine what exactly is the cause of these symptoms.

One such prostate canser symptom is frequent urination, especially at night. While there are many possible causes for frequent urination prostate cancer is one possibility and it should not be overlooked if you find yourself needing to urinate much more often than you used to.

Another possible prostate canser symptom is the difficulty of starting urination or holding back urine. Losing control over your urinary function could be a sign of prostate cancer affecting you. If your urine flow is weak or interrupted this could potentially also be another sign of something wrong with your prostate. One last thing to look for in your urination as a possible prostate canser symptom is painful or burning urination.

If you are having difficulty having or maintaining an erection it is possible that this is also a prostate cancer symptom. Painful ejaculations or blood in either urine or semen can also be seen as symptoms of prostate canser. One last possible prostate canser symptom to look at is frequent pain and/or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

While having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer, it does mean that there is a possibility you have prostate cancer. Unfortunately there are few hard and true warning signs of the disease. If you develop any possible prostate canser symptom, however, it is very important that you see a doctor as soon as possible for a thorough check-up and diagnosis. Even if it is not prostate cancer there is a good possibility that there is some other problem affecting you and whatever it is it needs to be treated.

If prostate cancer develops beyond early stages there are other possible symptoms which might affect you. Most commonly this is bone pain, generally in the vertebrae, pelvis and/or ribs, meaning the cancer has spread to these bones. If the prostate cancer should reach the spine it could also cause a compression of the spinal cord; this can lead both to weakness in your legs as well as both urinary and fecal incontinence.

These symptoms generally occur in much later stages of the disease however; if you are experiencing these symptoms and have not yet seen a doctor then it is extremely important that you see a doctor immediately, since this could mean that the cancer has already progressed very far and you need to act immediately in order to stop it.
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