Each year, prostate cancer kills more than 29,000 men. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men in the United States. This month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to make sure you know the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and schedule your annual check-up.

Prostate cancer is a complex disease because it presents itself in many different ways or subtypes. Some forms of prostate cancer are aggressive and life threatening, while others are not. Prostate exams allow for early detection and diagnosis, which significantly increases your survival rate.

The good news is that prostate cancer is usually a slow-growing cancer that isn’t life-threatening most of the time. However, it’s fairly common –– one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime –– so it’s important to learn about the common signs and symptoms, so you can stay informed and be prepared.

Common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Due to the proximity of the prostate gland, urinary issues are common symptoms of prostate cancer. While it’s highly dependent on the size and location of the tumor, your bladder or urethra can become constricted, inhibiting urine flow. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer below, it’s important to seek a medical care professional:

  • Higher frequency or urgency to urinate (especially at night)
  • Difficulty urinating (trouble starting and stopping)
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream

Other prostate cancer signs & symptoms

Like most cancers, prostate cancer can spread to nearby tissues or bones. If this occurs, you are most likely to experience these symptoms:

  • Swelling in the legs or pelvic area
  • Numbness in your lower extremities
  • Persistent bone pain
  • Blood in semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Painful ejaculation

If you’re exhibiting any of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, it’s important to have an experienced cancer specialist help you. Trust HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas to accurately diagnose your prostate cancer, and get the help you need. Call 903-617-5293 to schedule your appointment.