According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the second-most common cancer affecting American men (skin cancer is the first). Fortunately, however, treatment for prostate cancer is highly effective. More than 2.9 million men in the US who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive today.
It is important to understand that prostate cancer doesn’t always present with any noticeable symptoms—especially in the early stages. As the disease advances, a tumor develops, causing the prostate gland to swell. This is when you will more than likely begin to notice symptoms.
The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
- Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
- A weak or interrupted urinary stream
- Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
- Inability to urinate standing up
- A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Erectile dysfunction
Many of these symptoms can also occur if you have a noncancerous enlarged prostate, which is incredibly common in men over 60. A urinary tract infection can also cause these same symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your physician as soon as possible. He or she will meet with you to discuss the testing and screening options that are most appropriate for you based on your age, family history and general health. Unfortunately, many men avoid addressing these symptoms because they are embarrassed. Don’t be! When it comes to prostate health, it’s incredibly important to be proactive. Please speak up and share your concerns with your physician.
Join Us for Free Physician Panel Discussion on March 30
If you are interested in learning more, please join us for an expert physician panel discussion on Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. called: Detecting & Treating Prostate Cancer. Register online today to reserve your spot. Topics for discussion will include who should be screened, risk factors and detection methods; available treatment options; and resources following diagnosis and treatment.