10 Early Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer

Cancer is a six-letter word very few people are fond of mentioning. It is often incurable and is a leading cause of death in several countries around the world. Cancer has the ability to adversely affect every major organ in the human body. Prostate cancer, aside from skin cancer, is the leading type of cancer affecting adult males. Data collected between the years 2010-2012 indicate that over 15% of the entire male population in the United States will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer during their lifetime. In 2015, over 220,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and alarming 27,000+ resulting in death. Although men need not live in fear of these statistics, they should view them with enough concern to begin developing a better outlook on personal health. Remember, the battle to combat cancer is best begun through prevention.

DYSURIA—refers to a painful or difficult process in association with urination. This symptom may make it difficult to urinate, or result in mild to severe levels of pain during the urination process. This is not to be confused with a “burning” sensation, which can be a result of UTI (urinary tract infection), or an untreated STD (sexually transmitted disease). Dysuria normally indicates an enlarged prostate/tumor is pressing against the urinary tract; a potential warning sign of prostate cancer.

INCREASED URINATION—may also be an early warning sign of prostate cancer to be aware of. An enlarged prostate/tumor will press against the bladder, reducing the bladder’s capacity to contain urine, thus resulting in the need to make additional trips to the bathroom. This symptom may also result in feeling as if the bladder is still full, even after frequent trips to relieve it.

URINE FLOW REDUCTION—this normally occurs in conjunction with the two previously mentioned symptoms. If an enlarged prostate/tumor is pressing against the bladder, or even the urinary tract, it can reduce urine flow to a dribble. This may also cause difficulty while trying to direct the urine stream, often causing the sufferer to sit rather than stand while relieving the bladder.

HEMATURIA—is a term that refers to having blood in the urine. This symptom should be an immediate concern for anyone experiencing it, male or female. Bloody urine may be an indication that the enlarged prostate/tumor has punctured, or otherwise damaged, the bladder or the urinary tract, which has resulted in bleeding.

BLOODY SEMEN & PAINFUL EJACULATION—this should also be cause for immediate concern. Tumors associated with prostate cancer are vascularized, which means they are prone to bleeding. The tumor itself is either bleeding, or surrounding tissue of the prostate gland has been seriously damaged, resulting in the appearance of blood and/or pain during the ejaculation phase.

SWOLLEN LEGS & FEET—prostate cancer can adversely affect the lymph nodes in one of two ways; compression or metastasis. Compression affects the flow of fluid to and from lymph nodes. Metastasis can cause a blockage of the ducts leading in and out of the pelvic lymph nodes, resulting a fluid build-up in those lower extremities.

BODY PAIN—in the chest, hips, or back can be an early warning sign of prostate cancer, especially if it has reached “Stage 4.” Stage 4 prostate cancer has more than likely metastasized to the bones. Dull, constant pain in the areas previously mentioned, may be an early warning sign of prostate cancer, although it may difficult to detect as it may seem like nothing more than normal “aches and pains.”

INCONTINENCE—is self-explanatory. When prostate cancer begins to metastasize, it can affect spinal tissue, the spinal cord, as well as the nervous system, all of which can impact control of bodily functions such as urination, as well as defecation.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION—although previously considered a side-effect of treating prostate cancer patients, recent studies conducted in 2015, indicate that erectile dysfunction is present in more than 50% of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, prior to a treatment regimen being started for prostate cancer.

WEIGHT LOSS & EXHAUSTION—are early warning signs associated with all types of cancer. Cancerous tissue forms tumors which the human body feeds. This “feeding” depletes the nutrients available for health cells, which can result in unexplained weight loss and the feeling of being exhausted more often than not.

PROSTATE CANCER PREVENTION—starts with “Prostate Cancer Screening.” The three most utilized methods of screening for prostate cancer are DRE’s (Digital Rectal Exams), PSA’s (Prostate-Specific Antigens), and EN2 (Protein test for Engrailed-2). If you are a male over 30, you should consult your primary care provider to schedule a prostate screening exam.

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