Prostate cancer is, unfortunately, a very common disease. It affects only men, with the vast majority of cases in men 40 years or older. It is the most common type of cancer a man can get. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is only a small portion of the number of men who have it and remain undiagnosed.
The signs and symptoms of prostate cancer are varied. Two thirds of those suffering from prostate cancer show no symptoms. When signs and symptoms first start, they typically begin with urinary dysfunction. The problems can include painful urination, frequent urination, difficulty urinating, and the need to urinate at night. Blood may be apparent in your urine.
Sexual dysfunction is also symptoms of prostate cancer. The problems can include difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection, and painful or bloody ejaculation. Depending on the location of the cancer, you may also experience both bladder and colon incontinence.
As the cancer progresses, new and more notable signs and symptoms can appear. The cancer can spread to other parts of the body, wreaking havoc and pain. In the later stages of this disease, new symptoms can include bone pain and leg weakness.
As prostate cancer can be difficult to discover from a lack of signs and symptoms, it is important to recognize the risk factors. Here are 10 risk factors of prostate cancer. If you believe you are at risk for prostate cancer, talk to your doctor about additional testing and screening.
Age is a huge factor in your risk for developing prostate cancer. The statistics are shocking. Thirty percent of men 50 and over already have prostate cancer. About 80-percent of men 70-years-old and over have prostate cancer or prostate related issues. On average, the age of diagnosis of prostate cancer is 70-years-old. Generally, the older the man, the greater the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Aggressive forms of prostate cancer can affect men at any age, but this is less common. If you are over 40-years-old, it would be a smart idea to be proactive and get checked.