Prostate cancer is considered highly curable when it is detected early! This is also when a patient has the most treatment choices, including Active Surveillance and focal therapy with few to no side effects.
No symptoms in early stages
The problem is, early stage prostate cancer is a silent lurker with no symptoms. However, a growing tumor will eventually cause symptoms. Since many noncancerous conditions like infection or normal age-related prostate enlargement can cause similar symptoms, only a doctor can tell the difference.
Here are 10 prostate cancer warning signs you should pay attention to. To help you remember them, I have divided them into three categories: urinary function, sexual function, and pain.
- More frequent need to urinate
- Urination difficulties (hard to start or hard to stop)
- Weak or slow stream; dribbling
- Blood in urine
- Change in erectile function (hard to get or maintain an erection)
- Less ejaculate
- Blood in semen
- Painful urination
- Painful orgasm/ejaculation
- Pain in your lower back, hips, upper thighs (possible cancer spread to bones)
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor. It’s worth repeating that any of these warning signs may not necessarily point to prostate cancer – but why take chances? The sooner prostate cancer is diagnosed, the more treatable it is.
Look at it this way. Even if something other than prostate cancer is causing urinary, sexual or pain symptoms, the earlier you act, the better quality of life you will enjoy once the problem is cured.