As men age, it is common for many to have problems with their prostate. What starts off as mild discomfort can become so intense that urinating becomes difficult or next to impossible. This is why it’s a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of this common disorder and get tested regularly. Many of the signs of prostate cancer start off as small insignificant discomforts and grow to painful aches and pains and even the inability for certain bodily functions to proceed normally. Education and routine checkups are key to catching problems before they become progressively worse.
One of the first signs of problems with the prostate are problems urinating. This may be displayed with a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to get up several times throughout the night to use the bathroom. This symptom becomes increasingly worse as the disorder becomes more progressive.
Blood in the Urine/Semen
Testing becomes extremely important particularly in the beginning when signs and symptoms may not be as noticeable. One common undetectable symptom is the presence of blood in the urine or semen. This symptom can only be detected through testing. When problems with the prostate become so severe that they develop into cancer it’s common for a general medical practitioner to refer you to a medical facility familiar with treating prostate cancer Denver CO.
Aches & Pains in the Hips, Back, and Chest
When problems with the prostate progress to cancer, aches, and pains in the bones will often occur. This is a sign that cancer has spread to the surrounding bones. This pain can radiate from the hips, back, and chest area as a result of the cancerous spread. As cancer progresses, pressure is applied to the spine resulting in numbness and tingling in the legs and feet as well as a loss of bladder control. Other resulting effects that may seem to be unrelated are common as well. Erectile dysfunction is an example of a problem that can spring from problems with the prostate. Prostate cancer is a disorder that interrupts and creates problems with other bodily functions.
Many men begin to have problems with their prostate as they age. This is why routine checkups are important. They allow the physician to catch problems before they progress into disease or cancer. It also behooves men to familiarize themselves with the signs of prostate cancer because many of the signs may seem to be unrelated, but actually are. The obvious signs are changes in urination, and aches and pains. However, even not so obvious sign like erectile dysfunction can be a precursor to problems with the prostate. The key is knowing what to look for and making sure your routine visits include checking your prostate health. If symptoms occur inbetween visits it’s best to go back to the doctor and get checked out.