Prostate cancer is currently the fourth most common cancer in Australia and the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men. Prostate cancer occurs when growth of abnormal cells in the prostate gland increases and eventually forms a malignant tumour.
Getting regular prostate examinations is an essential part of men’s health and can help to detect the cancer in its earliest stages. To increase awareness, here are some early prostate cancer warning signs from our men’s health practitioners.
Due to pressure in the prostate gland, men with prostate cancer can experience an increased need to urinate, particularly at night time.
Pain in the back or pelvis
Many men with prostate cancer often experience dull, deep pain or stiffness in the pelvis, lower back, ribs, or upper thighs. In more advanced cases they may also experience pain in the bones of those areas.
Blood present in urine or semen
As a tumour grows, it may place pressure on parts of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Overtime this may result in traces of blood to occur in your urine or semen.
A weak urine stream
An enlarged prostate can also affect the consistency and pressure of your urine stream. Some men struggle to begin urination or experience starting and stopping as they urinate.
Pain during urination
Some men also experience painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation. This again can be a result of a blockage caused by cancer growth in the prostate.
If you are overdue for a prostate examination, or have experienced any of the above symptoms, contact Southport Metro Medical today. Based on the Gold Coast, our men’s health practitioners can organise a range of examinations to detect prostate cancer as early as possible.