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Do You Know The Five Warning Signs Of Prostate Cancer?

Do you know that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men next to skin cancer? Do you know that the prostate is a vital part of a man’s reproductive system? Do you know men can have both benign and cancerous growths in the prostate gland? Most importantly, do you know the five warning signs of prostate cancer? Every man should know when to take action.

Different Signs + Different Men = Difficult To Diagnose

Symptoms of prostate cancer can be different for each man, and any of the symptoms can be due to other less serious conditions. This makes diagnosing prostate cancer more difficult for doctors, so screenings are necessary.

This walnut sized gland is needed for sperm to travel to its destination, so it’s pretty important. It gets larger over time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a man has cancer.

doctor holding blue ribbon for prostate cancer awareness

If you have some of the warning signs, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer, while at the same time you can be diagnosed with prostate cancer without any of the signs. This is confusing and frustrating for both doctors and patients.

There are few, if any, early signs but there are certain signals that indicate something is wrong.

Some Early Signs Of Prostate Cancer

Some potential early signs of prostate cancer include the following:

  1. Painful urination or ejaculation
  2. Blood in the urine or semen
  3. Sudden erectile dysfunction (ED)
  4. Bone pain (from spread)
  5. Frequent urination, especially at night

In addition, there can be weak and interrupted urine flow, unusual pain around the prostate when sitting, swelling in the lower back, feet, and legs, abnormal bowel function or urinary habits, and weight loss.

Each additional symptom you have could indicate a problem, so do not delay in scheduling a screening appointment with Dr. Steven Gange in Salt Lake City.

When To See Dr. Steven Gange

Note your symptoms and take action. If you are between the ages of 59 and 69, are African American, and/or have a family history of prostate cancer, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Typically, a screening test for prostate cancer will be performed, which includes digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA test.

If you have one or more of the five warning signs of prostate cancer, contact Dr. Steven Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, for an evaluation.

New Patient Appointment Request

I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.