What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?
The answer to the question of what the symptoms of prostate cancer are is not an easy one. Just as the causes of prostate cancer are still somewhat unknown to the medical community, prostate cancer tends to sneak up on its victims because there are not many early warning signs.
Prostate cancer involves the dangerous duplication of malignant cells in the male prostate gland, or the reproductive organ that sits right below the belly and above the urethra. Almost half of men will suffer from problems with their prostate, but even those diagnosed with prostate cancer will likely have an excellent prognosis. The key is to detect the cancer as early as possible.
Prostate cancer is a tremendously slow-moving disease. Often, men will die from other causes before they even realize they have prostate cancer. This is because there are no symptoms of prostate cancer in the diseaseís beginning stages, at least not typically. And when they do occur, they can be associated with benign prostatitus, a relatively harmless problem with the prostate gland that affects 50% of men at least once in their lifetime. It is only advanced prostate cancer that has symptoms. Symptoms of prostate cancer that has already developed includes bone pain, leg weakness, and incontinence.
Still, if youíre one of those people who want to be on your toes about your prostate health, there is an early symptom or two that can prop up if you have prostate cancer. And because the cancer is the second-leading killer of American men every year, itís probably not a bad idea to pay attention to the following symptoms of prostate cancer:
- Enlarged, swollen, and/or tender prostate gland
- Little bladder control
- Difficulty and pain urinating
- Sexual dysfunction, including difficult and painful ejaculation
Again, these symptoms of prostate cancer are usually symptoms of nonmalignant prostatitus, which has a very easy fix, as long as itís treated early on.
About the Author: Dean Iggo is the webmaster of ProstateHealthAdvice.com providing reviews of the best supplements for prostate health as well as everything from an enlarged prostate to prostate cancer.