Prostate Cancer Symptoms / Signs of Prostate Cancer
Urinary Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
There are quite a few symptoms of prostate cancer related to urinary functions. The urethra is a small tube that runs from the bladder, allowing urine to exit the body. In men, the urethra is surrounded by the prostate, a walnut shaped gland responsible for producing semen. As prostate cancer advances, the prostate enlarges and contricts the urethra. The result is various difficulties with urination.
Urinary difficulties can be common prostate cancer symptoms, but can also indicate other non-malignant prostate problems, like BPH. Prostate cancer symptoms related to urination include:
-burning or pain during urination
-inability to urinate
-frequent nocturnal urination
-weak urine stream
-blood in urine (either seen by the eye or microscopically, although less common)
Other Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Urinary difficulties in men over 40 usually raises red flags for doctors to check the prostate gland for abnormalities. However, prostate cancer can cause some other vague symptoms. Non-specific symptoms that may accompany urinary symptoms include:
-back or hip pain
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.
Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks 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.
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