Prostate Cancer’s Silent Symptoms
Prostate cancer can be a deadly disease, especially if it’s not diagnosed while still in the early stages. However, it can be difficult to detect the symptoms because there virtually are none, especially if tumors are in the early stages. This is because the symptoms will be a cause of the cancerous tumor growing and interfering with the urinary tract (flow of urine). When the tumor has grown to this point, the cancer is no longer considered to be in the early stages.
A man with prostate cancer may also be experiencing prostate cancer symptoms but because they are common problems, they are sometimes overlooked until too late. For this reason, it’s important that men are vigilant about their health and see their doctor whenever something abnormal is going on in their bodies. Specifically, most medical experts recommend the PSA (prostate specific antigen) simple blood test be done annually after the age of 50. The importance of this simple predictive blood test cannot be overemphasized. Such experts generally agree that the PSA is the best indicator of prostate cancer or something abnormal with the prostate gland.
Early prostate cancer symptoms include: an increased frequency in urination, especially at night; slow start urination or taking a long time to empty the bladder; and blood in the urine or a urinary infection. It is these symptoms that are caused by the growth of the tumor and interference with urinary functions. Men who are experiencing the early stages of prostate cancer may also experience erectile dysfunction, pain upon ejaculating, and blood in the semen. Anyone experiencing any of these signs or symptoms should visit a doctor; it is equally important to know that these are common conditions that can be a result of something less serious than prostate cancer such as benign enlargement of the prostate (BPH), frequent urinary infections or bladder infections, and diabetes.
Advanced prostate cancer may be a bit easier to detect but the symptoms can still be overlooked as common conditions. Advanced prostate cancer symptoms are soreness in the lower back, pelvis, and upper thighs; sudden failure to be able to urinate with no pain associated with the sudden inability; a numbness in the legs, and sometimes arms that prevents them from being moved; and extreme bone soreness. While these symptoms could indicate an advanced stage of prostate cancer, they could also signal arthritis, lumbar disc disease, or benign tumors.
Seeing a doctor after experiencing any of these symptoms is a must. It’s likely that the reason for the symptoms is not going to be prostate cancer but even then, it is a condition that must be treated. And like any other kind of cancer, the earlier it is caught the better the chances of controlling it.