Prostate cancer usually has no early symptoms; however, if you notice any of the symptoms, we advise that you visit a physician who will examine you. Although some of the symptoms of prostate cancer may not necessarily mean that one is suffering from the disease, it is still advisable to seek medical attention.
Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer
Urge to urinate frequently and urgently especially during the night: The tumor can press the urethra making it constrict therefore affecting urine flow. It happens due to the relation between prostate gland, bladder, and the urethra. (1)
Difficulty in urination (starting or stopping): This is due to the infection of the bladder, inhibiting the flow of urine. A decreased flow (velocity) of the urine stream.
Painful ejaculation: This comes up as a result of infection of the reproduction system with cancerous cells.
Erectile Dysfunction: A lot of trouble when one is having an erection as it is accompanied with lots of pain. A decrease of fluid (semen) ejaculated – Affected ejaculation includes aspermia (a condition in which there is no semen from the penile when the climax is reached), and azoospermia (a condition in which semen is present but contains no sperm) can both be signs of prostate cancer. However, these conditions may at times be considered usual for a person born with such a disorder. (2)
Blood in the urine or semen: A condition known as hematuria which usually occurs in advanced stages of the infection and should not be ignored. The color of the urine changes from the usual pale yellow color to pink, tea-colored or red. However, the presence of red blood cells stains in the urine or semen cannot be seen with naked eyes, but its presence can be detected in the laboratory.
Other Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer
Pain in the hips, legs or feet and thighs: Numbness in the hips is a sign that the cancer cells have metastasized to the bones and therefore initiating the pain and weakness.
Loss of bladder or bowel control: This is as a result of cancer pressing on the spinal cord affecting the bladder control and functions.
Inability to urinate: This occurs in advanced stages of prostate cancer. Urinary difficulties can be a sign that the cancerous cells have metastasized and affected the urinary tract. (3)
Other signs and symptoms which occur as the cancer grows and spreads to other parts of the body include; Pain in the neck and back, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and anemia (low red blood cell count).
Some of these signs and symptoms may not necessarily be associated with prostate cancer, but they may be as a result of some minor infections. However, if these symptoms appear to be unusual, then you are advised to seek medical attention.
It is advisable to understand the risk factors associated with prostate cancer. The earlier the cancerous cells are detected before they metastasize, the higher the chances of treatment or even cure.