Prostate cancer symptoms may be non-existent for years as the disease progresses slowly.
It is helpful to take note of changing toileting habits, as symptoms of prostate cancer may appear as an increased urge to urinate or straining when you do.
This happens when the cancer makes the prostate large enough to affect the bladder.
The NHS advises not to ignore these symptoms, even if it does not mean that you could have prostate cancer.
One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, but when diagnosed at its earliest stage, 100% of people will survive the disease for five years or more.
Chief Urologist Petr Holy of the Men’s Health Clinic in Kingston spoke with the Mirror to offer his perspective on the main symptoms to look out for when you go to the bathroom and how treatment works if you’ve been diagnosed.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
There are no obvious symptoms of the disease, but there are some signs you should watch out for when you go to the bathroom.
About 78% of those diagnosed will survive for 10 years or more, but your chances of survival largely depend on how early you are diagnosed.
If you have any of the following seven symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about prostate-specific antigen testing.
“While changes in toileting habits can sometimes be a temporary problem caused by factors such as diet and lifestyle, they can also be one of the first signs of a prostate problem,” says Holy.
“An urgent need to pee, more frequent trips to the toilet, a slow or interrupted flow and the feeling that you still need to urinate even when you are finished are among the most common warning signs.
“It’s vital for men to be alert to any of these changes and seek expert advice if it becomes a pattern.”
Other Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Difficulty urinating
- Decreased force in the urine stream
- blood in urine
- blood in semen
- bone pain
- lose weight without trying
Prostate cancer treatment
Treatment options and recommendations for Prostate cancer depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects, patient preferences and general health.
“Prostate cancer can be treated effectively if caught early enough, and early diagnosis often leads to better outcomes,” Holy added.
According to NHS : “Prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough to press on the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra).”
As there is no way of knowing whether or not you have prostate cancer on your own, men are advised to see their GP if they show any symptoms of the disease.
Although they do not have prostate disease or cancer, it is best to get confirmation from a medical professional.
According to Prostate Cancer UK: “You may want to speak to your GP if you are over 50, or over 45 if you have a family history of prostate cancer or are a black male, although you have no symptoms.
“These are all things that can increase your risk of prostate cancer.
“Your GP can give more information or tests if needed.”
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