There is a one in seven chances of men developing prostate cancer at some point in their life. It’s a deadly disease developed in this small walnut-sized gland killing millions every year. This form of cancerous formation is witnessed only in males, as females do not have a prostate.
Prostate cancer treatment follows heavy chemo and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor size, and then surgery follows. People don’t know where the prostate is located and what is its use in our body mechanics. The prostate is a small gland located in the gallbladder in front of the rectum (The tube which carries urine and semen). If there is any kind of abnormal activity in the bladder it directly affects the rectum, usually causing incontinence.
The treatment for this disease is widely available yet most people avail treatment only in the extreme last stages. Main reason being the unawareness of the symptoms of this phony disease. The symptoms of prostate cancer can be divided into two sections.
Prostate being located near the bladder and the urethra; various abnormal symptoms could be detected from the flow of urine or the odd functioning of the bladder. The intensity of these symptoms largely depends on the size of the tumor. The symptoms are as follows:
- Pain during urination
- A burning sensation while urinating
- Need for frequent urination especially at nights
- Loss of bladder control
- Trouble in starting or stopping the urine flow
- Blood in the stream
- Decreases flow of urine
These symptoms could also be seen in the situation of an enlarged prostate. A condition developed in men as they age. An enlarged prostate interrupt with the flow of urine and displays such symptoms, not only because of any cancer development. Tests can determine the exact condition.
As we know cancer is a disease which spreads, hence prostate cancer could spread to the surrounding healthy tissue too. It might even reach out to the bones and spinal cord. Here are some other symptoms related to prostate cancer:
- Erectile dysfunction (Difficulty in erection)
- Blood in semen discharge
- Swelling in the pelvic region or legs if it’s advanced
- Painful ejaculations
- A permanent bone pain, resulting in weak bones or fractures
- Numbness in feet, and hips
People have a tendency to treat these symptoms as some minor seasonal illness. They think it will get cured on its own. You should never ignore any symptoms as it could save you from a horrid future. It’s good to diagnose your problem early. This gives you not just the best treatment but enough time to plan and identify all your options for treatment. If you ever encounter one, two, or any combination of the above symptoms you need to get it checked immediately from an urologist. Early diagnosis is better than a late treatment. Visit a general physician near you to get your condition analyzed and get the best treatment.