9 Unusual Warning Signs Of Prostate Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

By Chandana Rao

A popular quote goes like this, "Be thankful for today, because in one moment, your entire life can change".

Well, the above quote is very true because the human life is very fragile and there a number of things which can alter our lives in the matter of a few seconds.

Being diagnosed with serious diseases like cancer is definitely one such life-altering moment because from the minute a person realises he/she has cancer, it could have a huge impact on his/her life!

unusual warning signs of prostate cancer you shouldn’t ignore

Also, cancer is a disease which begins to destroy the tissues and organs of the body at an alarming rate, once the cancerous cells begin to multiply.
So, the symptoms of this disease can be devastating to experience both for the patients and also for their near and dear ones.

Cancer can affect any part of the body, right from the scalp to the feet, including all the vital organs.

Some of the more common types of cancers are colon cancer, breast cancer, brain tumour, prostate cancer, etc.

So, here are a few symptoms of prostate cancer that one must never ignore. Read on.

What Is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer which affects the prostate gland, that is found in men, located below the bladder. Prostate glands are responsible for producing the seminal fluid, during sexual intercourse. Know more about the unusual warning signs of prostate cancer that you shouldn't ignore.


1. Frequent Urination

If you have been noticing that you are experiencing an urge to urinate more often than normal lately, even though you haven't been drinking excess fluids, then it could indicate the presence of diseases such as diabetes, bladder infection or even prostate cancer, as the prostate gland is located just below the urinary bladder.


2. Problems While Urinating

When a person is affected by prostate cancer, he may experience certain problems, while trying to urinate such as difficulty in starting the flow of urine and difficultly in holding it. In other words, a man could experience the loss of bladder control while urinating, if his prostate gland is affected by cancer.


3. Leaky Bladder

If you notice that you have dribbles of urine in your underwear, which has happened without you being aware of it, even after you had passed urine just moments ago, it could be the case of a leaky bladder, which is yet another sign of prostate cancer. This symptom must not be taken lightly, as it could indicate that the prostate cancer has reached its advanced stages.


4. Decreased Ejaculatory Fluid

Normally, men who are not actively trying to have children with their partner, do not pay much attention to the amount of seminal fluid which is ejaculated, when the climax is attained after sexual intercourse. However, it is important to notice the amount of seminal fluid once in a while because a sudden decrease in the volume could indicate the presence of diseases like prostate cancer.


5. Blood In Urine

If you notice that there is blood in your urine, or if your urine is unusually dark, it could indicate the presence of a number of health conditions such as urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney stones, etc. Blood in the urine can also indicate the presence of prostate cancer, so a thorough health check-up must be done to find out what is causing this symptom.


6. Painful Ejaculation

Normally, when a man ejaculates during climax, at the end of a sexual intercourse or masturbation, there is no pain experienced. On the contrary, ejaculation is supposed to be pleasurable. So, if you notice that you experience pain in your genitals or around your bladder, while ejaculating, it could be a sign of bladder cancer.


7. Pain In The Rectum

If you are experiencing a sharp pain and constant pressure in and around your rectal area, it could be yet another sign of prostate cancer. If there is a growth and multiplication of cancerous cells in the prostate gland, it could even affect the rectal area, as these two regions are located close to each other.


8. Pain In The Pelvis

Prostate cancer can also cause pain and stiffness in the pelvis of men, along with pain in the lower back and thighs, as the cancerous growth in the prostate glands can affect the tissues in the surrounding areas as well. So, if you notice pain and stiffness in the pelvis, lower back and thighs, do get tested for prostate cancer.


9. Weight Loss

If you notice that you have been experiencing loss of appetite and consequent weight loss, all of a sudden, along with one or more symptoms mentioned previously, then it could be yet another sure-fire symptom of prostate cancer and in such a case an immediate medical attention must be sought.

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    Story first published: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 14:00 [IST]
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