In this article I’m going to
focus on 7 prostate cancer warning signs that you shouldn't ignore. According
to the American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among
men in the US and fourth most cancer overall. The incident of prostate cancer
rises with increasing age. The exact
causes of the prostate cancer is unknown and it’s noticeably very rare among
young men. All the signs and symptoms are related to the size and growth of
You may feel your bladder is full
and may want to pass urine, but then you have to wait for a long time before
the urine stream starts. The main reason for hesitancy is due to the
enlargement of the prostate gland, usually it is because of benign prostatic
hyperplasia (BPH). And also due to the pressing of urethra by the prostate
tumor. If you are having hesitancy of
urination, this may be a prostate cancer sign and it’s advisable to see a
doctor as soon as possible.
You may experience increased
urination than usual. Especially during night time you may wake up due to the feeling
of bladder fullness. Medically it is defined as nocturia. Normally, you should
be able to sleep six to eight hours without having to wake up to go to
washroom. Usually, people who are having nocturia wake up more than once.
Frequency of urination can be assumed as a prostate cancer warning sign. But
frequency of urination is also a sign of urinary tract infection.
Poor urine stream is another prostate
cancer warning sign that you should not ignore. Poor urine stream means, urine
comes out more slowly and with a less force than usual. Poor stream may be due to
the pressing of urethra by the enlarged prostate.
The desire to pass urine is
regularly more than it used to be. This is due to sudden involuntary
contraction of the muscular wall of the bladder. Urgency to pass urine can be
considered as prostate cancer warning sign. However, the urgency may also be
due to some other urological problem. It is always advisable to see a doctor to
rule out the exact cause of urgency.
When you have finished passing
urine, the urine continues to dribble out or drip out. Some people call it as
male version of urinary incontinence. Usually, men refuse to talk about that,
but it can be a prostate cancer waning sign or either urological urgency. You
need to see the doctor as soon as possible.
Urine may contain red blood or
may be smoked color. The tumor in the prostate bleeds and the blood is found in urine.
This sign is usually seen in the late stage of cancer but urine in the blood
can be identified by doing a simple laboratory test. Medically it is called
hematuria. Hematuria is also usually related with many other urological
conditions. If you can observe smoked, cloudy urine or pinkish colour in the
urine, you should see the doctor to rule out whether it is prostate cancer
warning sign or other urological abnormal conditions like UTIs.
7. Pain in the lower abdomen or
Unexplained pain or tenderness in
the lower abdomen or pelvic region without any particular reason is also a
prostate cancer warning sign that you should pay attention and see the doctor.
The pain may be due to the extension or spread of tumor to the lower back, hip
These signs and symptoms can be
seen at late stage of prostate cancer. Since it has no symptoms at all in the early
stage, it is difficult to diagnose.
The American Cancer Society, International Agency for
Cancer Research, and the Union for International Cancer Control have developed
a tool for all who are related to cancer prevention, research and advocacy.
The psychological effects begin when the doctor breaks the bad
news to you. From that point forward (at least until you get very
favorable news about your being in remission) you will, in the words of Tim
McGraw’s song, “live like you were dying.”