Prostate cancer is a serious disease that affects thousands of men over the age of 65.
Unfortunately, there isn’t one symptom that pushes men to go to the doctor to get checked for prostate cancer. One of the best ways to fight the disease is to catch it in its early stages, so it’s important to know what symptoms warrant a call to Dr. Eric Diner.
Many men notice changes in urinating in the early stages of prostate cancer, including blood in the urine stream, a weak stream, pain while urinating, multiple bathroom breaks throughout the night, and an urgent need to go frequently. Though these symptoms are associated with an enlarged prostate, they’re also symptoms of prostate cancer, so it’s important to check with Dr. Diner.
The prostate gland plays a major role in sexual health, so it’s not surprising that it can cause trouble with erections and painful ejaculation in the early stages of prostate cancer. Even though erectile dysfunction is common with aging, it’s important not to brush it off if it’s uncommon for you.
Pain or Stiffness
If you start to experience pain in your lower back, thighs, or hips, you might want to consider calling Dr. Diner. While some stiffness from exercise is considered normal, persistent stiffness and pain could be a sign that something is wrong with your prostate.
How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed?
You made the first step and called Dr. Diner after experiencing unusual symptoms. But what should you expect at the appointment? Dr. Diner will begin by asking you details about your symptoms. After questions about your medical history and symptoms, Dr. Diner will also do a digital rectal exam (DRE). During a DRE, a gloved, lubricated finger is inserted into the rectum to feel for any bumps or hard areas on the prostate that might be cancer. Though prostate cancer can be diagnosed during a DRE, a lot of prostate cancers are detected through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.