Today I woke to news that British broadcaster Michael Parkinson had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. When interviewed, Parkinson shared his wish for men to be educated on the symptoms of prostate cancer.
All that concerns me now is for men around the country to stop and take notice of any symptoms that might save their lives. I’m not a softy. If you show the symptoms of this dreadful disease, get help. Men need to get themselves checked. It will save lives.
Today I thought it was an important opportunity to share the symptoms and signs men should be aware of in prostate cancer.
Just as a recap, the prostate is a gland that is about the size of a walnut that sits at the base of the bladder with the tube that drains the bladder going through it. Almost any change that happens to the prostate will affect the ability to empty the bladder with ease. For this reason be on the look out for the following symptoms:
Common Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer
- Poor urine flow. Are you still able to hit the back of the bowl?
- Difficulty starting or stopping the flow of urine.
- Needing to empty the bladder frequently through the day and night.
- Pain with urination.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
Some men also describe pain deep in the loins, a change in being able to get erections as well as pain or blood with ejaculation.
It’s important to note that there are a handful of diseases that cause these symptoms so having one, two or all of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. What they do indicate is that it’s time to get a checkup with the doctor.
While prostate cancer in usually noted in men later in life there are some forms of cancer that can be found in men who are younger.
Prostate cancer and all prostate issues are important to get checked. If you notice any of the above symptoms or you have worries or concerns I urge you to have a chat with your doctor.
Yours in great health.
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