During Prostate Cancer Awareness month, we are focusing on prostate cancer and how it affects men of all ages. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men, other than skin cancer. While many men might encounter this cancer throughout their lifetime, knowing the signs and symptoms can help stop this disease in its path. Fight prostate cancer by learning more about the common signs associated with this cancer and symptoms to look out for.
Symptoms and Signs
While early symptoms are sometimes undetectable, here are the most common symptoms of prostate cancer:
- Frequent urination
- Weak or interrupted urine flow or the need to strain to empty the bladder
- Blood in the urine
- The urge to urinate frequently at night
- Blood in the seminal fluid
- New onset of erectile dysfunction
- Pain or burning during urination, which is much less common
- Discomfort when sitting, caused by an enlarged prostate
Assess Your Risk Level
Prostate cancer can affect men of all ages, but certain men are at a greater risk. Age and ethnicity specifically increase the risk level of patients. You should undergo regular prostate cancer screenings if:
- You are 50 years or older
- You have a family history of prostate cancer or of African American ethnicity
Take your prostate health seriously and be vigilant about these symptoms and risk factors to consider. MRI’s are a powerful tool used to take a closer look at possibly cancerous cells and monitor any current prostate tumors. Be sure to spread your prostate cancer knowledge during the month of September and fight prostate cancer by keeping these signs in mind!