Prostate Cancer: The Symptoms You Need to Recognize Early
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By Lynn Allison | Monday, 12 November 2018 10:10 AM
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer affecting men in the United States. According to the American Cancer
Society, estimates for the year 2018 alone reveal around 164,690 new cases and 29,430 associated deaths.
“A simple rectal exam which takes less than a minute and a yearly PSA blood test starting at age 40 are good screening tools urologists used
to detect any changes in the prostate gland,” says Dr. David Samadi, chairman of Urology and chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, in an article published in Medical
However, you should be on the alert for these tell-tale symptoms of prostate cancer which is easily treatable if detected and diagnosed in early stages.
Control Problems. Urinary incontinence can be a sign of problems with the prostate, a walnut-shaped gland located just below the bladder. Cancer can cause enlargement and weakening of the prostate which in turn can block the urethra. As a result,
eliminating can become difficult and erratic. Some symptoms include straining, leakage, an over active bladder and a feeling of incomplete urination.
Pelvic Pain. If you have shooting pain in
the pelvic area this could be a signal that cancer is attacking the nerves in that region. According to the American Cancer Society, pain or tightness in the hips, lower back and chest could indicate that the cancer is spreading to the bones. Although rare,
feeling numbness in the legs or feet may be the result of cancer pressing on the spinal cord.
Blood in semen or urine. If you spot blood while urinating or ejaculating —medically known
as hematuria and hematospermia respectively -- have it checked out says Dr. James Wysock, a urologist oncologist and assistant professor of urology at New York University Langone Health. Even a pinkish hue could be an early sign of a problem. If it’s
not prostate cancer, it could be the result of a urinary tract infection, kidney stones, sexually transmitted disease, blood clotting or inflammation.
You know what the definition of insanity is, right?
It’s doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. And by that definition, all too often the mainstream approach to medicine strays across the line into insanity. There’s no better
example of this than its treatment of prostate health and prostate cancer.
Let’s face it, no matter how much of a stoic you are, when you hear the word cancer come out of your doctor’s mouth,
it’s like someone dropped a bomb on you. Your head starts spinning and alarm bells begin blaring at full blast.
Trust me, I get it.
But, the problem is, when it comes to prostate cancer, mainstream medicine has hijacked this natural fear
response and turned it into a multi-billion-dollar industry. And countless men are paying a price that goes far beyond dollars and cents (hmm, or maybe that ought to be “dollars and sense”?).
Impotent and in
As I’ve explained before, you’re far more likely to die WITH prostate cancer than FROM it. Most prostate cancers are incredibly slow growing, and aren’t a threat to your life. Well, that is until you
become the next victim of unnecessarily aggressive mainstream therapies.
And becoming a victim is far too easy because, let’s face it, once you hear those terrible words “You’ve got cancer,” one of your first coherent thoughts
is likely to be, “What can I do to get rid of it?!?”
That’s why I’ve never been a fan of yearly PSA testing. Too many hasty and poor decisions
follow in its wake.
The twin epidemics of over-screening and over-diagnosis have ruined far too many lives. I shudder to think how many men have been left impotent or in diapers because of a slow-growing tumor that they may never have even known existed
for the rest of their long and fulfilling lives.
Statistically speaking, by the time we hit fifty, half of us will be experiencing some type of prostate health problems. If you’re finding it hard to sleep through the night without
a potty run… or if you’ve taken to mapping out all the rest spots before a road trip these days… you might already be in that group.
If you’re lucky enough to reach eighty… and as a Guide
to Good Health reader I’m sure you will… then it’s practically a done deal that you’ll be sharing your life with an enlarged prostate.
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