4 Early Prostate Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Brush Aside

4 Early Prostate Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Brush Aside
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. In fact, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

However, prostate cancer usually grows very slowly, and many men never have symptoms or have only minor symptoms.

While prostate cancer symptoms can develop later on, there are a few early signs that can help you know if you have this type of cancer.

If you experience any of these signs, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss them.

  1. Increased urination frequency: Normal aging results in a slight decrease in the size of the bladder. Men who are affected by this will urinate more frequently than they used to. But if you’re over 50 years old and start urinating more frequently than you used to without an obvious cause like drinking more fluids or having a urinary tract infection, then it could be prostate cancer.
  2. Increased urgency to urinate: As with increased frequency, normal aging results in an inability to hold one’s urine for as long as before. If you feel like you need to go immediately even though your bladder isn’t full, this could be a sign of prostate enlargement or infection as well as prostate cancer.
  3. Weak flow when urinating. You may find that your urine flow is weaker than usual if you have prostate cancer. It might also start and stop while you’re passing urine. These problems may be caused by an enlarged prostate pressing on the urethra (the tube through which urine flows).
  4. Other signs include dribbling after you’ve finished going to the toilet and finding it difficult to empty your bladder.

 

It’s important to be aware of changes to your body, but it’s also important to remember that many of these symptoms could be caused by something other than cancer.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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