In the U.S., about 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in his lifetime; 1 in 41 Americans will likely die from the disease. The best way to increase your chances of surviving cancer is to catch it early, and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America lists various prostate cancer signs that you can look out for.
While prostate cancer is typically asymptomatic, early warning signs of the disease may be related to urinary symptoms because of how close the prostate gland is to the bladder and urethra. A prostate tumor could compress your urethra, thereby constraining the flow of urine, causing a variety of symptoms, including:
- Blood in the semen or urine
- Painful ejaculation or urination
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of bladder control
- Decreased urine flow
- Difficulty urinating
- Increased urges to urinate at night time
- Difficulty starting or stopping while urinating
Another potential issue is that prostate cancer can metastasize–or spread–to tissues and bones in the surrounding area. If this happens, symptoms may include:
- Pain or numbness in your legs, feet, or hips
- Swelling in your pelvic area or legs
- Bone pain that doesn’t let up, or even causes fractures
While it’s undoubtedly important to be on the lookout for potential symptoms, your best bet is to be vigilant via regular prostate cancer screening. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America recommend PSA blood tests, which can potentially show you if you’re at risk for prostate cancer. However, these tests are only about 21% accurate, as elevated PSA levels can also be indicative of a slew of other, non-life-threatening conditions. Here at Ezra, we can provide you with affordable, safe, and painless prostate cancer screening with the latest MRI technology; what’s more is our MRI technology is 92% accurate in determining your risk. With Ezra, we could help you catch cancer earlier, and avoid unnecessary prostate biopsies that often result in major discomfort, bleeding, and sometimes even infection.