Prostate cancer, in its early stages, doesn’t usually have any symptoms or warning signs. The cancer only normally raises a concern if the tumour presses against the urethra and causes changes to your urine flow. And, because the cancer typically appears in a different area of the prostate, there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease developing.
The symptoms of prostate cancer generally become more noticeable as the disease advances. In most cases, prostate cancer symptoms are not actually caused by the cancer itself, but as a result of a blockage caused by an increased growth in the prostate gland. Such a growth can cause urinary tract difficulties and affect sexual performance. This is exactly why it’s so important to have yearly check-ups done in order to catch prostate cancer in its early stage of development where it can be treated more effectively.
The Symptoms To Look Out For
There is no denying that paying close attention to your health can save your life. Here are the prostate cancer symptoms that you should never ignore. Call your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms.
Difficulty Passing Urine
This symptom might take the form of feeling like you need to go to the toilet, and then nothing actually comes out. Another sign is finding it difficult to stop once you have started. Because the prostate surrounds the urethra, even a small tumour can cause problems with passing urine. The prostate gland can become enlarged as men get older, and even a slight change can cause similar symptoms. If you do experience this, then there might not be a need to worry. But, do visit your doctor to be sure.
Pain While Urinating
Like the previous symptom, blood in your urine could be a sign of a cancerous prostate tumour pressing against the urethra. Although, pain while urinating can also be a sign of infection, which is known as prostatitis and is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
Blood in Your Urine
This symptom is one of the less common ones, but it is a reason to book an appointment with your doctor. It doesn’t need to be a lot; all you might notice is a slight pinkish colour when going to the toilet.
Pain In Your Lower Back or Upper Thighs
The most common areas for prostate cancer to spread to is in the lower back and pelvis. One way to tell the difference from a worrying sign and standard back pain is that it might feel a lot deeper and more like a persistent ache rather than actual pain. However, if you experience this symptom for a prolonged amount of time, then visit your doctor for check-up.
Blood in Your Semen
This symptom doesn’t mean that you will notice a lot of blood in your semen; it’s more like that it will be enough for you to notice a slight pink colour. If you do notice this symptom, then it is important that you reach out to your doctor.
Difficulty Getting or Maintaining an Erection
This symptom is the one that men find the most difficult to discuss. If you are unable to get an erection or maintain one, then it is time to visit your doctor. A cancerous tumour in the prostate can prevent the increase in blood flow that the penis requires in order to become erect. However, do be aware that an enlarged prostate and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia can also cause this, but still, do visit your doctor.
Symptoms associated with prostate cancer can also be caused by other non-cancerous diseases, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The latter is often confused as prostate cancer. Your doctor can help to diagnose your exact condition and address any of the issues we have discussed with treatment.
Talk to Your Doctor If You Are Concerned
If you experience any of the symptoms that we have discussed in this blog post or are concerned about changes you have noticed, then it is important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will ask a series of questions, including how long and how often you have been experiencing the symptom(s).
It is important to remember that when Prostate Cancer caught early, it is one of the most treatable cancers, but caught too late; it is one of the least.
Why Prost8 UK is Campaigning
At Prost8 UK, we strongly believe in promoting less invasive treatment options for early stage non-metastatic prostate cancer, including Focal Ablation. The most common version of this is HIFU (high intensity focal ultrasound) which focuses sound waves to create a point of heat which destroys the cancerous cells with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. We also campaign for earlier awareness of the symptoms through newer simpler and more accurate screening. If you would like to support our cause and help us help all men in the UK, then please visit our donation page today.