With all the attention given to breast cancer awareness programs, you may be surprised to find out that there are other sex-specific cancers that few people know about. This includes prostate cancer, one of the most prevalent cancers in the world.
Given that a considerable amount of people skip their check ups every year, it’s important to know the signs of prostate cancer and be in touch with your body. Here’s how to learn more about common signs of prostate cancer and unusual symptoms that may arise as part of this disease.
Why Prostate Cancer is So Dangerous
Prostate cancer is a slow-growing type of cancer that can take many months or years to become established in the body. That’s part of what makes this disease so sneaky—if your symptoms build up gradually, you may not even notice them, causing you to put off medical attention.
In its early stages, prostate cancer is often asymptomatic. Since it can take tumors a very long time to grow and cause symptoms, it is extremely important to be in touch with your body and any changes that may happen within it. Developing this type of awareness can help you detect abnormalities and seek help at the first sign of trouble.
Early Signs of Prostate Cancer
No matter how old you are, it’s important to learn about the early symptoms of prostate cancer and keep an eye out for them. It’s even more important to take note of these signs as you age. These are some of the more common symptoms that many men know about:
- Difficulty urinating (in more serious cases, blood in urine)
- Difficulty emptying bladder
- Inability to control bowel or bladder
- Sexual issues/dysfunction
However, there are some unusual symptoms that most men do not associate with prostate cancer. If any of these symptoms seem to come out of nowhere, you may wish to seek medical attention:
- Pain in back, spine, hips, and chest
- Weight loss
- Fatigue or weakness
- Numbness in feet and/or legs
What You Can Do
Now that you know how to detect one of the most dangerous types of cancer affecting men, it’s obvious that protecting yourself from prostate cancer is one of the best things you can do for your health. Keeping an eye out for symptoms is important—but as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
We’ve discovered that taking care of your prostate only requires a simple action that can pay off for years to come. Protect the health and function of your prostate with herbs like saw palmetto, stinging nettle, lycopene, vitamin B6, and zinc.
A little bit of awareness and prevention can go a long way when it comes to prostate cancer. Take note of any unusual symptoms that you experience and consider adding a prostate support supplement to your daily routine.
And if you do discover a frequent and recurring symptom, please contact your general practitioner immediately.
For detailed information about how you can help support your prostate, please contact Clinic Director Charlie Blaisdell at CBlaisdell@CoreNewEngland.com