Why Waiting for Prostate Cancer Warning Signs Can Hurt
There are long gaps between the very first stages of prostate enlargement for whatever reason, and the appearance of perceptible symptoms.
The prostate gland is present in a particularly packed part of the body, but not all systems respond to a swollen gland at the same stage or time. Moreover, prostate enlargement shares symptoms with other unrelated medical conditions as well.
Therefore, no lay person can come to any worthwhile or reliable conclusions merely by experiencing some common symptoms. There really are no alternatives to professional assessment by qualified and experienced doctors.
The microscopic cells which make up any part of the body are beehives of activity, though we may take them for granted, or be unaware of what all goes on inside our physical selves. Fortunately, a doctor can detect prostate cancer warning signs months before a lay person feels that something may be wrong.
There are two routes to such diagnoses
- by physical examination
- through tests, both of blood and through scans of the pelvic area.
A doctor will normally employ a combination of both these approaches to rule out prostate enlargement, and the conclusion is not valid without fresh appraisal after a year.
Typical Prostate Cancer Warning Signs
Visiting a rest room is such a mundane act that many of us may not realize that we seem to feel the urge to empty our bladders slightly more often than before. The earliest prostate cancer warning signs are subtle, and shared with other medical conditions as well. A sudden disturbance of glucose metabolism can cause the same kind of frequent urination, which is a possible symptom of glandular enlargement blocking the urethra.
However, prostate cancer warning signs can be distinguished to some extent, or in some cases, by a characteristic feeling that the bladder does not empty as usual.
Moreover, urination is also painful when the prostate is enlarged, which is not the case with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Prostate cancer can also result in traces of blood appearing in urine.
Pain is another pervasive outcome of untreated prostate cancer, especially if detection is delayed. It starts with generalized discomfort in the pelvic area where the prostate is located. The pain gets progressively worse if the affected man does not take treatment, and spreads to the back, the lower limbs, and to the skeleton as a whole. Malignancy may also affect neighboring parts of the body. The acute distress of advanced prostate cancer makes timely detection and the start of treatment invaluable.