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Prostate Cancer Signs And Symptoms That Indicate You Are At Risk

Prostate cancer affects thousands of men every year. In the U.S., there are nearly 175,000 new cases expected in 2019 along with more than 31,000 deaths because of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

The disease is known as the second most common cancer among American men. Estimates show that one in nine men in the country will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. 

A man’s chances of having the disease significantly increases when he reaches age 50. Another risk factor is race. Experts said blacks are two times more likely to die from prostate cancer compared to white people. 

Having a close relative, like a father or brother, who developed the condition also poses a problem. Having more relatives with prostate cancer increases a man’s risk of developing it, according to WebMD

The American Urological Association said the men aged between 55 and 69 should consider prostate cancer screening. In some cases, early treatment could help prevent the disease from spreading and causing adverse effects.

"The disease can be successfully treated when detected early, typically when it is still within the prostate gland," Alexander Kutikov, chief of urologic oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, said. "However, some types are aggressive and can spread quickly. In these cases, there may be a lesser chance of successful treatment."

It is important to know the symptoms of prostate cancer. Knowing how to observe your body and certain changes might help recognize the disease earlier and get immediate treatment. 

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

The disease in its early stages commonly has no symptoms. Doctors may require a PSA test or DRE screening to determine prostate cancer. 

Symptoms might occur when the disease reaches a later stage, according to Cancer.net. They might also appear when the cancer has already spread outside of the prostate gland. These symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • New onset of erectile dysfunction
  • Pain when sitting due to enlarged prostate
  • Swelling or fluid buildup in the legs or feet

If you experience these changes, it is important to consult a doctor for screening.

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