12 Early Warning Signs Of Prostate Cancer
signs of prostate cancer. Do you know prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects men. It is a health condition that adversely affects the prostate gland. The prostate gland is located right below the gall bladder and in front of the rectum in men. The primary purpose of prostate gland is production of semen in men. It is also involved in urine control in males. This gland is only found in men as it is part male reproductive system. It is not present in the bodies of women. Thus the chances of prostate cancer in women are generally ruled out.
Occurrence of Prostate Cancer
According to a recent survey, prostate cancer is found to be the most common type of cancer currently affecting men in the United States. Up till now, around 160,071 or more cases of this form of cancer have been diagnosed in men in the United States alone. 74% of the diagnosed cases have resulted in death.
Causes of Prostate Cancer
Similar to breast cancer, the exact causal factors of prostate cancer are not known. However, there are a few risk factors that have been highlighted by researchers that indicate towards the development of prostate cancer in men.
- It is predicted the gene mutation can result in prostate cancer. This also means that prostate cancer is genetic and the possible genes that cause the disease are passed from one generation to another but are not always active.
- Poor diet can lead to development of harmful cancerous cells in prostate gland. This is of course not a very reliable cause as poor diet and malnutrition is also the cause of many other health problems.
12 Early Signs of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is believed to be fatal and can result in death if not diagnosed timely. However, it is 100% possible to treat prostate cancer if it is diagnosed in the early stages. In order to seek timely treatment one must get a screening test immediately after recognizing the common early warning signs. It can only be treated given that it does not spread inside the body.
1. Excessive Urge to Urinate
If you have prostate cancer, you will most likely feel the urge or need to urinate more often. People who have prostate cancer develops tumors inside their prostate glands that greatly impacts their ability to have control over their urine and hence, end up passing more urine and more frequently.
Men with prostate cancer will not only feel the urge to urinate more but will never feel satisfied when they pass out urine. They will never feel like they have done enough to stop and will always feel like they are about to pee, all the time.
2. Blood Appearance in Urine
Prostate cancer will adversely affect the prostate gland and make cancerous cells rapidly overproduce inside the gland. As a result, blood starts to appear whenever you go to pee. Your urine will be contaminated with blood. Blood droplets will appear in the urine every time you make a trip to the bathroom. The unfortunate part is that the appearance of blood indicates that the prostate cancer is at a later advanced stage.
3. Pain When Ejaculating
Ejaculation is when a man discharges sperms and semen during sexual intercourse. This is meant to be a pleasing experience for males that they really enjoy and look forward to. However, if this pleasurable experience becomes painful, it only means that there is a problem with the prostate gland which is responsible for the production of semen and sperms in males. The pain during ejaculation is an early warning sign of prostate cancer in men.
4. Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is not a very common symptom or sign of prostate cancer. However, the inability to get a full erection or get a feeble erection has been observed in men who were later diagnosed with prostate cancer. This only means how the inability to get an erection is not a sign of prostate cancer but is rather a precursor that indicates towards something unusual with the prostate gland.
However, it’s a common behavior among men to not deal with erectile dysfunction as this puts a big question mark on the manliness of men. But as studies reveal that although erectile dysfunction is not a direct sign of prostate cancer but it still is a very common risk factor, it should be talked about and handled well because it can result in early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
5. Pain in Lower Back and Hips
Prostate cancer occurs inside the prostate gland. The prostate gland is a walnut like organ that is located right below the glass bladder and in front of the rectum. This is right between the hip bones. Prostate cancer will cause immense pain in the lower body portion of men. This includes severe jolts of pain in the lower back and hip bone. The muscles surrounding the lower body bones will also be affected by the uncontrolled division of cancerous cells and formation of tumors.
6. Loss Over Bowel Control
The prostate gland as we all know is responsible in controlling the urination in men. In addition to the constant feeling of needing to pee, another common sign of prostate cancer that is one of the early warning symptoms is the loss of bowel control. This means that men will not be able to have any control over their bowel functions. They will lose control over their need to pee. Most men even face it difficult to even make it to the bathroom before they can actually pee.
7. Weakness or Numbness in Feet
Prostate cancer puts additional pressure on the lower body parts. Since the prostate gland is located in the lower part of the body, the tumors that are developed inside the gland will make many additional problems rise in the lower body parts. This includes feeling of numbness and feeling weak in the legs. Of course this is not an early but an advanced warning sign that indicates the pressure and strain that is put on the legs as a result of the tumors inside the gland. This makes it had for the legs and feet to carry body weight and the added tumor pressure.
8. Pain While Urinating
Urination is a natural process. Humans are automated to pass out urine from the moment they are born. It is a completely natural and smooth process that does not bring any pain. However, if the urination becomes painful this only suggests something seriously wrong with the reproductive system or large intestine which in fact collectively play their role in helping to pass out urine. A very clear and obvious sign of prostate cancer is when the natural process of urination in fact becomes very painful. This suggests something wrong with your urinary tract and you should seek immediate medical assistance as toxins of urine and stool should not be left inside the body. These toxins can be fatal.
9. Constant Pressure On Rectum
The prostate gland is almost like a neighbor to the rectum. So when the gland develops cancer, the one thing that is directly affected by the cancerous prostate gland is the rectum i.e. neighbor organ. The person with prostate cancer will constantly feel a pressure on the rectum. The affected person will almost feel like pooping or experience a similar sensation. The constant pressure on the rectum is credited to the constantly developing and growing tumor that is spreading from the gland to other parts of the body as well.
10. Lesser Semen Volume
The amount of semen that a man ejaculates depend on age, race and other factors. To tell you the average, according to WHO, the average amount of semen a male produce during ejaculation is 2.5 ml (half teaspoon). However, anything between 1.5 to 6.8 ml is normal. If the volume is less than 1.5 ml, then it’s worrying.
Problem with the prostate gland such as cancer will lead to lesser amounts of semen being ejaculated as the glands that are involved in its production fail to produce enough.
11. Burning Sensation During Urination
In addition to pain and constant excessive urge to urinate, another early sign of prostate cancer that is relevant to the urination is burning sensation in the penis after you urinate. The burning sensations can often be accompanied with itchiness as well. In addition to prostate cancer, it is also a symptom of urinary tract infection.
12. Unexplained Fractures
Since prostate glands with cancer tumors put a constant pressure on the lower body parts i.e. hips, thighs, knees, legs and feet – this not only results in constant pain but also makes the bone become weaker and fragile. The weak bones are often damaged to such an extent that the affected person suffering from prostate cancer will start to experience unexplained fractures. Bones of the lower body will begin to crack and break without any reason. Unexplained fracture is a common symptom of prostate cancer. Unfortunately, again, bones will only begin to fracture without any cause or reason as the cancer has advanced and is at later stages.
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