The treacherous thing about prostate cancer is that the symptoms
occur very late in the process
Prostate cancer symptoms only appear in the later stages of the disease due to the spread of the tumor. In early stage, we you ideally want to early diagnose the disease, prostate cancer rarely be felt or perceived by the man. Since the chances of a cure for prostate cancer are highly dependent on how advanced the disease is at the time of detection, screening for prostate cancer has a special significance; in cases where there are no obvious signs, prostate cancer can only be detected in its early stages with the help of screening by a blood marker called PSA and MRI.
The symptoms of prostate cancer arise late when the tumor spreads across the prostatic capsule and invades adjacent regions such as the bladder, rectum or coccygeal spine. However Prostate cancer symptoms are relatively nonspecific, ie they can also occur in other diseases.
Possible prostate cancer symptoms are:
- Pain when urinating
- Difficulty urinating due to a weakened urinary stream
- Pain during ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
- Pain in the area of the prostate
- Erection problems
- Problems with bowel movements
- Back pain, especially in the coccyx or lumbar region
It is easy to see that these possible prostate cancer symptoms may be due to other, far less harmful causes. For example benign enlargement of the prostate is very common (BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia) and also causes urinary problems. Even back pain is not uncommon due to wear and tear of the spine in old age. However, if you notice one or more of the above symptoms, it is useful to have a urological check-up because prostate cancer is a common disease and must be ruled out as the cause of your condition.
Prostate cancer symptoms are very nonspecific - a urological examination can ease your fear by excluding prostate cancer as the cause. Alternatively, if the tests actually diagnose prostate cancer, the investigations will have laid the foundation for early treatment, even though no specific symptoms of prostate cancer were evident.