Signs of Prostate Cancer
posted: Oct. 03, 2022.
Does prostate cancer cause symptoms?
Every 15 minutes, one US man dies from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. This makes prostate cancer the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. These stats alone are proof that nothing is more important than being able to detect prostate cancer early. A simple blood test known as the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test can be used by our Hollywood, FL, urologist Dr. Jonathan Masel to screen for prostate cancer.
What Are the Early Signs of Prostate Cancer?
Since the prostate is so close to the bladder, some of the earliest prostate cancer signs are urinary problems. Of course, just because you are experiencing urinary symptoms does not mean that you have prostate cancer; however, if you are dealing with these symptoms below and they don’t go away, this may warrant turning to our Hollywood, FL, team for an evaluation,
- Pain with urination or ejaculation
- Trouble urinating
- Sudden or frequent urges to urinate, particularly at night
- Loss of bladder control
- Decreased stream
- Blood in semen or urine
- Erectile dysfunction
In more advanced stages, particularly when cancer has spread to other parts of the body, men are also more likely to experience,
- Swelling of the pelvic region or legs
- Numbness or pain in the legs, feet or hips
- Persistent bone pain
When Should I Start Getting Screened for Prostate Cancer?
Most men who are at low risk for prostate cancer should turn to our Hollywood, FL, urologist for a PSA test by age 55; however, if your father or brother has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you should talk to Dr. Masel about getting a PSA screening as early as 40 years old. If test results look good and you don’t have risk factors, our team may recommend getting a PSA test every two years.
What Are the Risk Factors?
The most common risk factor for prostate cancer is older age. Your risk for developing this form of cancer increases as you get older, which is why even men with no family history of prostate cancer need to come in by age 55 for their first screening. Other risk factors include,
Race and ethnicity: African American and Caribbean men are more at risk
Family history: prostate cancer does run in families; however, some men develop prostate cancer even if they don’t have a family history
Genetic mutations: specific genetic mutations or changes can predispose you to prostate cancer, such as having a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene
Other possible risk factors include,
- Poor diet
- Chemical exposure
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Inflammation of the prostate
If you have a family history of prostate cancer or want to schedule a screening with our Hollywood, FL, urologist Dr. Masel, call Masel Urology Center at (954) 961-7500.