5 Prostate cancer is really common
“It’s the second most common cancer in men, and the third leading cause of cancer death behind lung and colon cancer,” says Timothy Wilson, MD, Professor and Chair of Urology and Director of the Urologic Oncology Research Program and at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. According to Cancer Treatments Centers of America, in most cases symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. The symptoms may be different for each man, and any one of them may be caused by other conditions. As a result, consulting with your doctor about anything odd down there is important. Common symptoms include burning or pain during urination, difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating, more frequent urges to urinate at night, loss of bladder control, decreased flow or velocity of urine stream, and blood in urine. If the cancer has spread to nearby tissues or bones, men may experience blood in their semen, difficulty getting an erection, painful ejaculation, swelling in their legs or pelvic area, numbness or pain in the hips, legs or feet, or bone pain that doesn’t go away, or leads to fractures.