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Prostate Cancer Symptoms – Three Signs You Should Never Ignore

Are you worried that something may not be quite right?

Prostate cancer symptoms usually develop slowly over time but there are early signs that the size of your prostate is increasing and putting pressure on the bladder and urethra and affecting how you urinate.

The three symptoms you may notice:
1.  increased frequency to urinate,
2.  difficulty or straining to urinate and
3.  incomplete bladder emptying or a feeling after urinating that your bladder is not empty.
 
Another common symptom is increased nocturia, the need to get up during the night to urinate and a weak flow.  An enlarged prostate can be an entirely benign condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and does not increase your risk of getting prostate cancer but if you are suddenly presenting these symptoms it is worth a visit to your urologist for a prostate examination.
 
Simple lifestyle changes can help with BPH such as reducing your alcohol intake, limiting intake of artificial sweeteners, exercising regularly and drinking less in the evening.  For severe symptoms a urologist can prescribe you medication that will reduce the size of your prostate gland and help relax the bladder.  Surgery is only recommended for those that fail to respond to medication.

It is important not to delay getting checked out - it may be nothing to worry about at all and seeking early reassurance will reduce your stress levels. And if there is something that requires further investigation the sooner you talk to a specialist who will provide an expert opinion, the higher the chances of successful treatment. In many instances, surgery is not appropriate but delays in diagnosis could potentially reduce the option of alternative treatment.

Book an appointment today to see one of our London Urologists and see NHS prostate cancer webpage for more information. 

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer Worrying You?

There are many potential symptoms of prostate cancer. You should be aware of these as early intervention can radically reduce the longer term risks and in many cases prevent you from worrying unnecessarily.

If you are experiencing any of the following signs you don't need to be alarmed but you most certainly should see you GP as soon as possible to investigate the cause

10 Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

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    Difficulty starting or stopping the urine flow
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    Urgency of needing to urinate
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    Frequent need to urinate, particularly at night
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    Loss of bladder control
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    Weak flow
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    Pain or burning sensation during urination
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    Difficulty having an erection
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    Pain at ejaculation
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    Blood in urine or semen

You can find more details on the Cancer Research website

Your GP will carry out some basic tests, depending on your own personal symptoms, which will include a blood test to check your PSA level and potentially a referral to a specialist urologist for more detailed investigation.

In the worst case, should cancer be diagnosed, there are now even greater chances of successful treatment with the advent of more advanced medical technology.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer - Could Be Non Cancerous

Prostate cancer is often slow-growing and symptoms may not be evident for many years. Generally the signs only occur when the cancer is large enough to put pressure on the urethra. However, the good news is that the prostate can also become enlarged due to a non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

If you are concerned about any of these signs, or you know a man who is, seek guidance from a GP as soon as possible.

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