Apart from skin cancer, prostate is the most common cancer among men. And while a large number of men are diagnosed with the condition each year, the survival rate for prostate cancer is generally high if caught early on. There are no warning signs, which is why it is important for men to begin getting screened for prostate cancer at age 50. However, common symptoms often emerge once the cancer has already started. These may include any of the following:
- Frequent urination
- Weak urine stream
- Inability to empty the bladder
- Leaking urine
- UTI’s, which may feel like a burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Erectile dysfunction
- Bone pain or discomfort, especially in pelvis or lower part of the body
It’s important to note that many of the above symptoms can have other causes too. Enlarged prostate can cause many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer due to the extra pressure placed on the urethra. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you’re experiencing so he or she can determine the appropriate course of action.
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