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7 early prostate cancer warning signs men should look out for

todayFebruary 26, 2022

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Men are being told to watch out for seven key signs that could signal that they have prostate cancer.

The disease, which affects one in eight men in the UK, is largely symptomless, reports Leicestershire Live.

Chances of survival are entirely dependent on when the disease is diagnosed, meaning the seven telltale signs could make all the difference.

The call for wider awareness of prostate cancer comes as 100 percent of people diagnosed at its earliest stage survive for five years or more.

About 78 percent of those diagnosed will survive for 10 or more years, but this all comes down to when a diagnosis is made.

A key issue for late diagnosis is often linked to the fact that prostate cancer doesn’t usually cause any symptoms in its early stages. This means men often won’t get tested until it can be too late.

However, experts say seven key signs can lead men towards an earlier diagnosis – and many are linked to urinating.

Mainly centred around a change in urinary habits, this is more likely to mean an enlarged prostate than prostate cancer for a concerned man, but regardless, people are still urged to get it checked out.

Over the years, many men will suffer issues with urination, some of which can be linked to prostate cancer.

The seven symptoms

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Bone pain
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Erectile dysfunction

Anyone who has advanced prostate cancer may experience more general symptoms ranging from pain in their back, hip or pelvis and erectile dysfunction.

However, experts say men should not worry or be embarrassed if they have one or several of these symptoms as they can be caused by non-cancerous health problems.

Men should still go to their GP even if they’ve only been suffering from one symptom for a short time as it’s impossible to know if you have prostate cancer without getting tested.

This will most likely involve your GP asking for a urine and blood sample – also known as a PSA test.

Doctors may also examine your prostate by inserting a gloved finger into your bottom.

Men suffering from a raised PSA level may be referred for an MRI scan and then potentially a biopsy to diagnose the cancer.

Until then, men are urged to keep an eye out on the seven key signs to give them the best chance of survival.

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