Understanding the Signs of Prostate Cancer Everyone Should Know

Get prepared now for September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Make your doctor’s appointment now, as it takes several weeks. Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men? Currently, about one in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Older men are at an increased risk of prostate cancer, with approximately six in every ten cases occurring in men 65 or older. By knowing the signs of prostate cancer, you can ensure early diagnosis and the best prognosis possible.

The Signs of Prostate Cancer

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Blood present in urine or seminal fluid
  3. Weak urine flow
  4. Straining to empty the bladder during urination
  5. New erectile issues
  6. Pain or burning during urination
  7. Pain or discomfort when sitting down 

Prostate cancer often has no signs or symptoms until the cancer progresses. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you should talk to your doctor as quickly as possible. If the cancer progresses to areas surrounding the prostate gland, you could also experience:

  1. Unexplained weight loss
  2. Fatigue and exhaustion
  3. Changes in bowel habits
  4. Swelling or edema in the feet and legs
  5. Pain in the thighs, shoulders, hips, back or thighs  

How Is Prostate Cancer Typically Discovered?

While there are early signs of prostate cancer, it is most frequently diagnosed during a PSA test or DRE. Prostate cancer screening is part of the annual physical for most men. The PSA and DRE tests can determine if prostate cancer could be present and whether or not additional monitoring and testing are prudent.

Should You Be Screened?

Talk to your doctor about the PSA test for routine prostate cancer screening. It’s important to remember that, in the majority of cases, prostate cancer is a slow-moving cancer. It is completely possible to live a healthy and fulfilling life while having prostate cancer before treatment is necessary. Your doctor can assess the severity of your situation and recommend the best course of action. The most recent recommendations for screening from the US Preventative Services Task Force are:

  • If you have a family history, age 40
  • If you are African American, age 45
  • If you have no family history and are not African American, age 50

Make sure you’re knowledgeable enough to ask your doctor about the difference between a blind biopsy and an MRI-guided biopsy. A blind biopsy often misses what an MRI-guided biopsy can find.

If you have any questions about this, or you need an advocate who is knowledgeable, please contact Myra Katz, a board-certified patient advocate and physician assistant, of Katz Patient Advocate Inc. She can be reached at 410-978-3763, or Myra@katzadvocate.com.

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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