10 Early Symptoms of Prostate Cancer You Should Notice
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly for years. It normally does not cause any symptoms until it has reached a more advanced stage. Yet, the symptoms are subtle and similar to those of benign prostatic hyperplasia (moderate enlargement of the prostate that is common among elderly men). However, there are 10 (ten) early symptoms of prostate cancer you should notice.
- Difficult urination
It can be the urges to urinate yet with no flow of urine, sudden stop of the urine flow, and also the frequent urges to urinate for only a few drops come out when urinating. Such urinary disruption occurs from the tumor that swells the prostate gland located around the urinary tract.
- Pain while urinating
This problem is caused by the prostate tumor pressing the urinary tract. Yet, this symptom is not typical because it can also be the symptom of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis.
- Blood in urine
This symptom is rare in occurrence, but never ignore it. Even though blood appears in a small amount, blurry or pinkish in color, see the doctor immediately. Sometimes, the blood in the urine can also be caused by urinary tract infection.
- Erection problem
The prostate tumor might interrupt the blood flow to the penis during the erection, resulting in erection problem. The tumor might also cause ejaculation problem upon erection. However, this symptom is not typical either. It can also arise from benign prostatic hyperplasia.
- Blood in semen
Just like in the urine, even though blood appears in a small amount, blurry or pinkish in color, see the doctor immediately. However mild it might be, this symptom needs to be anticipated.
- Constipation and other intestinal problems
The prostate gland is located below the bladder, in front of the rectum. Thus, a tumor in this area can cause intestinal problems. However, note that this symptom is still not typical because intestinal problems might also occur from benign prostatic hyperplasia and colon carcinoma.
- Persistent pain on the lower back, pelvis, or upper thighs.
Pain on the lower back, pelvis, or upper thighs which is persistent and without certain cause can indicate the occurrence of prostate problem.
- More frequent urges to urinate at night
If you awaken more than once at night merely for urinating, see the doctor immediately.
- Leaking or dribbling urine
This symptom is similar to that of urinary incontinence, a condition where someone cannot control the urge to urinate the person cannot hold it so it leaks out dripping or with a weak flow.
- Being over 50 and having the risk factors
Since the symptoms remain veiled until the cancer reaches the advanced stage, men aged 50 or above who possess the risk factor should have a regular medical examination. The risk factor includes other family members who also have cancer, particularly the father, obesity, and smoking habit.