It’s often easy for men to brush off the early warning signs of potential prostate cancer, telling themselves it’s just normal aging and enlarging of this particular gland. After all, it’s not uncommon for men to hate going into the doctor. There are, however, some signs that simply cannot be ignored.
If you’re concerned about prostate cancer development, chances are you’ve experienced some of the earlier warning signs. They may include group with urination, problems with urine stream, painful urination or ejaculation and even difficulty urinating standing up. While it’s absolutely true these symptoms can be caused by normal enlargement or something as simple as a urinary tract infection, there are other signs that should not, under any circumstance, be ignored.
Be sure to call your doctor right away if these symptoms arise:
- If urination problems are frequent and/or persistent
- If you are experiencing chronic pain in your upper thighbones, pelvis or lower back
- If you have experienced sudden, unexplained weight loss or have fatigue that simply will not go away
- If you have swelling in your legs
- If there is a weakness in your legs that makes walking difficult. This is especially significant if constipation is also present
Keep in mind the above symptoms may also have other root causes, but they do indicate a need for a medical checkup regardless.
While it’s recommended that men begin normal, routine prostate cancer screening exams roughly around the age of 50, the reality is that many men avoid them. These screening tests are very important, however, and help doctors detect prostate cancer in its earliest stages. When this is the case, most men find that prostate cancer is highly treatable and highly curable.
Going into the doctor isn’t fun, but it can be a lifesaver. If prostate cancer is a concern, take the time to get it checked out.