Usually, men comprehend prostate symptoms as just a regular part of getting old. But, that may not be always true. Any sign or prostate symptom has to be fully analyzed by the doctor. Though, symptoms majorily occur due to an enlarged prostate and not prostate cancer.
But, still diagnosis early will avoid any little chances of progressing it further to prostate cancer. Around the age of 60 or retirement age, 50 % of men get affected with prostate issues and by age of 80, 90% of men will experience some or other symptoms of prostate. Analysis of prostate symptoms helps in prevention and progression of an underlying prostate cancer.
Significant Prostate Symptoms That Need Not Be Ignored
Majority of the symptoms that appear are the result of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and not that of the prostate cancer. But, the same symptoms may appear for prostate cancer too. Hence, one need to get them analyzed anyhow.
Four Primary Urinary Symptoms
A hesitant, weak stream or difficulty in urinating is the initial symptom of prostate changes. Men may feel strain down, while urinating and may experience irritation or pain during urination.
One feels an urge to urinate immediately, resulting in hasty visits to toilet. One may also experience a feeling that the bladder is not completely emptied, even after repeated urges.
There occurs an uncontrollable reflex action for urgency and a possible involuntary urine loss (dribbling).
Men can have frequent visits to toilet and experience sudden increase in urination than earlier. The frequency increases more during the night and even interferes strongly in the sound sleep at night.
Men need to get up for a multiple number of times for urination at night. These men may suffer from sleep pattern troubles, if symptoms continued for long duration.
Less Commonly Observed Symptoms
These symptoms appear less frequently with prostate troubles and may be caused due to other disorders, like bladder problems. But, still they cannot be simply ignored or considered insignificant in association with prostate issues. Men have to be equally aware of these too as they can be potential sign of prostate infection (prostatis), BPH or prostate cancer.
The unusual symptoms include blood along with semen, onset of impotence issues (erectile dysfunction), blood with urine, complete loss of control over bladder, inability to urinate, disrupted urine flow and certain unending bone pain in the hips, pelvis, upper thighs lower back or ribs.
Is Prostate Cancer Always Symptomatic?
Majority of men need not show any symptoms, when diagnosed with prostate cancer. As diagnosis is performed with PSA test (prostate specific antigen) and can detect the cancer before appearance of any significant signs. Prostate on enlargement produces more amount of PSA protein and this protein is easily detected by PSA test.
Still, one cannot rule out the importance of prostate symptoms as many men are known to develop the primary symptoms, before reaching prostate cancer stage. Getting examined, after experiencing the first sign of prostate problem is the key to avoid all prostate complications and even cancer.
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