What Are the Most Important Symptoms of Prostate Cancer to Look For?

While most men today are diagnosed before they begin to show any symptoms of prostate cancer, it is important to know what to look for and which signs may point to an underlying prostate cancer.

Anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one developing prostate cancer should know the basics about the first symptoms that are typically seen.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Because of the prostate’s location in the body, prostate cancer is often accompanied by a number of unique symptoms. Continue reading

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How Do Prostate Cancer and BPH Compare?

The similarities and differences between prostate cancer and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) are commonly misunderstood. The two diseases both start in the prostate and can cause identical symptoms, but the similarities basically end there.

So how do these two common male conditions compare:
Prostate Cancer

Prevalence – Most common male cancer.
Cause – Not entirely understood, but due to unregulated growth of prostate cancer cells. Continue reading

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What Else Can Cause an Elevated PSA Besides Prostate Cancer?

What are some other causes of an elevated PSA?

Thousands of men each year are told that they have a high PSA level after undergoing a routine screening test. The most important and most concerning cause of an elevated PSA is prostate cancer. However, prostate cancer is only one of many potential causes of an elevated PSA. Virtually anything that irritates the prostate will cause the PSA to rise, at least temporarily.
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What Are Some Common Prostate Problems?

Prostate problems are fairly common in men of all ages, and they are especially common in older men. Prostate problems can range from simple inflammation to cancer. It is important to have a basic understanding of the possible problems that can develop in the prostate.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or “enlarged prostate” is a condition that can cause many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer.  BPH is a non-cancerous increase in the size and number of cells that make up the prostate.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most dangerous prostate problem, but it can cause the same symptoms as any other prostate problem at first. Oftentimes, prostate cancer is diagnosed before any symptoms are noticed.

Prostate cancer develops in the prostate — a small gland that makes seminal fluid. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually grows over time and in the beginning usually stays within the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. While some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Prostate cancer that is caught early has a better chance of successful treatment.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in the semen
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

Factors that can increase your risk of prostate cancer include:

  • Older age. Your risk of prostate cancer increases as you age.
  • Race. Black men have a greater risk of prostate cancer than do men of other races. In black men, prostate cancer is also more likely to be aggressive or advanced.
  • Family history of prostate or breast cancer. If men in your family have had prostate cancer, your risk may be increased. Also, if you have a family history of genes that increase the risk of breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2) or a very strong family history of breast cancer, your risk of prostate cancer may be higher.
  • Obesity. Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that’s more difficult to treat.

Complications From Prostate Cancer

Complications of prostate cancer and its treatments include:

  • Cancer that spreads (metastasizes). Prostate cancer can spread to nearby organs, or through your bloodstream or lymphatic system to your bones or other organs. If prostate cancer travels to other areas of the body, it can be controlled but is unlikely to be cured.
  • Incontinence. Both prostate cancer and its treatment can cause urinary incontinence. Treatment options include medications, catheters and surgery.
  • Erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can be a result of prostate cancer or its treatment, including surgery, radiation or hormone treatments. Medications, vacuum devices that assist in achieving erection and surgery are available to treat erectile dysfunction.

Acute Prostatitis

Prostatitis, inflammation of the prostate, can develop quickly and cause severe symptoms. This is an important prostate problem that many men don’t know much about. Read more here.

Chronic Prostatitis

Prostatitis can also be a problem that lasts for many months and causes intermittent or low-grade symptoms. This type of prostatitis, chronic prostatitis, is also an important prostate problem of which men should be aware.

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Prostate Problems You Should Know About

Prostate problems are fairly common in men of all ages, and they are especially common in older men. Prostate problems can range from simple inflammation to metastatic cancer. It is important to have a basic understanding of the possible problems that can develop in the prostate.
Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Problems

Because of the prostate’s anatomic location just below the opening of the urinary bladder, the most common symptoms of prostate problems are urinary symptoms.

Urinary hesitancy and urgency, painful urination, and frequent nighttime urination are common symptoms of all prostate problems.

Less common symptoms can also occasionally be experienced: Continue reading

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