Monday, April 12, 2010

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer symptoms
Prostate cancer may not cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:
  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • Blood in your semen
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain

What causes the symptoms?

With both prostate cancers and non cancerous enlargement of the prostate, the symptoms are usually caused because the growth presses on the tube that carries urine (the urethra) and blocks the flow.

If you have any symptoms, do see your doctor. Most enlargements of the prostate are not cancer (they are benign) and can be easily treated.
Do also remember that very early prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms at all because any growth in the prostate is too small to have any noticeable effect on urine flow.

When to see a doctor ?

Make an appointment with the doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you. Ask your doctor about the risk and benefits of regular prostate cancer screening
Medical organizations differ on their recommendations for prostate cancer screening, but many advise men in their 50s to discuss the issue with their doctors. Early detection is advisable so that the best treatments for prostate cancer can be taken.

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