Prostate cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer that threatens older men. Although early stage symptoms are harder to detect, there are a number of warning signs that could potentially indicate you’re at risk for prostate cancer or have already developed it.
Treatment for prostate cancer is most effective when caught in early stages, so if you know what to look for, your odds are much better than if you were to wait. In this article, we’ll review the 5 warning signs and symptoms of prostate cancer that you should not ignore.
Painful Urination and Ejaculation
Urination should be a relief, but if it starts to feel painful, this could be a serious warning sign of prostate cancer. Same goes for ejaculation for males. You might experience the pain as a burning sensation or a feeling of uncomfortable pressure. If related to prostate cancer, this discomfort is caused by the tumor in the prostate pressing up against the bladder and creating pressure.
Sudden Onset of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile problems are another common and serious warning sign of prostate cancer. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or sustain a sexually satisfactory erection during intercourse. You may also hear it referred to as “impotence.”
Prostate cancer is not the cause per se of erectile dysfunction, but rather symptomatic of the cancer as an underlying problem. Impotence may also be caused by the treatments received for prostate cancer, such as hormone and radiation therapy.
Bloody Urine or Semen
If you notice blood in your urine or semen, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. This is symptomatic of the advanced stages of prostate cancer, and you should be seeking treatment immediately if you haven’t already done so.
Bloody urine and semen can be caused by other factors, of course, but if you are a male with a family history of prostate cancer or a genetic predisposition to the disease, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry.
Struggling to Control Urination
Incontinence is another potential indicator of prostate cancer. As with painful urination and ejaculation, this can be caused by the pressure of a tumor pressing into the bladder. This indicates an advanced stage of cancer and should be seen as a serious warning sign if you’ve not yet received formal diagnosis or undergone treatment.
Abnormally Frequent Urination
Most healthy individuals need to use the restroom every few hours, but if you notice urination that is more frequent than usual, especially at night, then it may be another warning sign of prostate cancer.
In this article, we’ve reviewed some of the most common warning signs of prostate cancer. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, please reach out to your primary care provider or get in touch with HIFU Prostate Services.