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Thursday, May 5, 2016

These Toilet Troubles and Other Symptoms Could Mean Prostate Cancer


It is never a good idea to just ignore health symptoms that you suspect are not normal. Abnormal symptoms could mean something harmless, or it could mean you have a more serious problem, like prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men, and it causes 26,120 deaths a year, affecting one in 7 men during their lifetime.

Don't ignore these 5 signs

  1. Changes in urination habits: One of the most common symptoms of prostate cancer is urinating more, especially at night, or the inability to urinate, along with a weak urination stream. It doesn't have to happen all the time to be of concern. Check it out.
  2. Blood in urine: This is another common symptom of prostate cancer. Blood in the urine is never normal. Neither is pain during urination. If this is happening to you, go see a doctor.
  3. Pain: Pain, especially pain in the ribs, hips or spine, is another sign of prostate cancer. Frequent pain or stiffness in these areas could be a sign of prostate cancer.
  4. Erectile dysfunction: ED is often caused by stress, but it can also be linked to prostate cancer. Other signs to look for are pain during ejaculation and blood in the semen.
  5. Loss of appetite: A sudden loss of interest in food can be a sign of prostate cancer, especially if it occurs with food you normally enjoyed.

Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men, age 65 or older, but that doesn't mean younger men can't develop prostate cancer. The good news is that the survival rate for prostate cancer is much better than with other types of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society:

  • The 5-year relative* survival rate is almost 100 percent
  • The 10-year relative survival rate is 98 percent
  • The 15-year relative survival rate is 95 percent

*Relative means the survival rates are estimates, subject to other factors such as age and overall health.

The key to a positive survival rate is early detection. So, never ignore these potential signs of prostate cancer.

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