No one wants to think about getting sick, especially with something as high profile as cancer.
It said that it affects 1 in 2 people throughout their lifetime, so it’s most definitely an illness that we’re all aware of.
A cancer diagnosis can be scary which is why many people put off of going to the doctor or seeking medical advice for any symptoms they have.
However, in order to have the best possible chance of a successful cancer treatment plan the earlier the diagnosis the better.
So, it is time to put aside any embarrassment or discomfort you feel, if you are experiencing symptoms then you must seek medical advice.
First, A Look At PSA Level:
PSA is a protein found in the cells within a prostate gland. It is this that helps to make semen into a liquid form. A raised level of PSA can sometimes be an indication of an issue with the prostate including prostate cancer.
The levels of PSA can change throughout a person’s lifetime and a raised level doesn’t necessarily mean anything sinister, but it is an indication that something may be wrong.
If you experience any symptoms of prostate issues then a doctor will generally do some tests and compare these to a PSA level chart to see if you have raised levels and therefore whether further investigation is needed.
The 3 Most Common Symptoms of Prostate Cancer:
Although prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers amongst males it is important to remember that these symptoms don’t mean you will get a cancer diagnosis.
Instead, it is an indication that you should seek medical advice.
The doctor will likely tell you that you have a less serious issue than prostate cancer, but even if the worst case scenario happens, it means you can get potentially life saving treatment.
Early signs of issues with the prostate can include having trouble going to the toilet.
You may find that you feel the urge to urinate more frequently, especially at night but even though the urge is there you may have trouble going to the toilet.
It may cause you pain to try and use the toilet, or you may find that you simply can’t empty your bladder even though you feel as though you really want to.
Blood in the semen is definitely something that should be checked out by a medical professional. Even if it is only a small amount, it can be an indication that something is wrong and therefore it is best to get some advice from your doctor once you notice this.
3. Erectile Dysfunction.
Problems holding an erection can happen for all sorts of reasons, especially later in life. However, if this change is sudden or you feel it is unexplained then it could be a sign of prostate cancer.
Erectile dysfunction is often something that doctors can help with, so it is worth asking their advice because even if it is not prostate cancer, the chances are they’ll be able to offer you some treatment or advice.