The US National Cancer Institute warns that more than 160,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. The good news is prostate cancer treatment is available. However, it is important to seek treatment as early as possible. Sadly, most men don’t go for screening, and some ignore early signs. Texas Urological Clinic wants you to make informed decisions. Wondering why? Read on.
Prostate cancer is extremely symptom-free in its initial stages. A screening test is, therefore, very important. In most cases, the symptoms become detectable at an advanced stage, which reduces your chances of survival. So if you want to be safe, go for a screening if you notice any of these early signs in order to get prostate cancer treatment as soon as possible if diagnosed.
The prostate gland is located beneath and bladder and urethra. The bladder pushes urine into the prostate and then to the urethra when urinating. The prostate grows with age, and that causes urinary changes. However, a tumor growing in the prostate can also cause similar changes. So if you notice slow urinary stream, a feeling of the incomplete bladder, increased urination frequency, and more urgency, it could be a sign of a tumor.
Blood in Urine or Semen
Observing blood in your urine or semen is abnormal and should be checked as soon as possible. In most cases, it can be a sign of an infection or inflammation in your urinary tract or prostate cancer. Similarly, having no ejaculation is not necessarily a sign of cancer. However, it can be an indication of other health issues.
Stiffness and Lower Back Pain
When prostate cancer advances, it tends to affect nearby bones and tissues, like the spine and lower back. For example, it can put pressure on the spinal nerves, which causes pain or numbness, and even tightens muscles. Although lower back pain does not always result in a prostate cancer diagnosis, it is crucial to test it. It is better to get screened and get the right prostate cancer treatment on time than to ignore the issue and suffer later.
Other warning signs to watch out for include:
• Painful ejaculations
• Difficulty getting an erection
• Burning urination
It is worth mentioning that these signs of prostate cancer can also be caused by other conditions, so don’t assume you have prostate cancer whenever you notice them. However, see a doctor when you notice them for in-depth screening, testing, diagnosis, and prostate cancer treatment. Texas Urological Clinic is a great place to get help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Lufkin, TX.