Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men; according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, it affects one of every nine. Often, those who develop prostate cancer don't notice any early warning signs, making regular screenings a must.
As the cancer progresses, signs and symptoms might appear that should prompt medical attention. Many of these mimic those of other health issues, so a medical professional is necessary for a proper diagnosis. Here are 7+ warning signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.
1. Pain. Although this symptom also can indicate a bladder infection, the Prostate Cancer Foundation says that men with prostate cancer might notice pain or burning while urinating.
2. Blood in the urine. Although this is also a sign of kidney stones and bladder infections, the Mayo Clinic advises prompt medical attention if you notice it.
3. Bladder control. The American Cancer Society reports that loss of bladder or bowel control is a warning sign. The urine stream may also be weak.
4. Frequency. Cancer Treatment Centers of America says that prostate cancer sufferers commonly need to use the restroom more often, frequently in the middle of the night.
6. Painful ejaculation. Moving past the urinary system, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America says that men with prostate cancer might find ejaculation painful.
7. Semen. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, you might not produce as much semen when ejaculating. The American Cancer Society says you might notice blood in the semen, too.
8. Erection. According to the Mayo Clinic, having trouble getting and maintaining an erection could be a sign of cancer.
9. Numbness. If prostate cancer has advanced and spread beyond the prostate, pressure on the spinal column can cause numbness and weakness in your legs and feet, according to the American Cancer Society.
Prostate cancer can be serious, of course — but if detected early, the cancer actually kills only 0.25 percent of men. If you notice any of these warning signs, seek medical attention immediately.