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Is Erectile Dysfunction A Warning Sign Of Prostate Cancer?

Is erectile dysfunction a warning sign of prostate cancer? It is unfortunate that although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in men, there are few if any early symptoms. Regular screenings by your doctor are the best way to head off the development of prostate cancer, but there are a few warning signs every man should understand and be aware of.

Don’t Ignore Screening Tests

Digital rectal exams and PSA blood tests are the best ways to stay ahead of a prostate cancer diagnosis. They may not be a pleasant experience, but regular check ups will give you a better chance for a positive outcome.

Watch For Urinary Problems

Any type of changes to your urinary system could be suspect. Look for changes in the stream, more frequent urination, stopping and starting or weakened stream, and having the urge to urinate at night.

Although less worrisome, don’t ignore any pain or burning during urination.

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Blood In Semen Or Urine

This is an obvious sign of some issue. It might not be prostate cancer, but it should be addressed by Dr. Steven Gange. A growing tumor can press on the urethra and lead to blood apparent in urine and semen.

Discomfort While Sitting

An enlarged prostate can cause issues and pain while sitting down. Although an enlarged prostate or BPH is non-cancerous, always make your physician aware of any new pain or changes.

Incontinence

If you begin to leak when laughing, sneezing, or coughing, be aware this can be a very early sign. A new onset of erectile dysfunction should also be discussed with your doctor.

When To Be Concerned

There are some specific symptoms which may be red flags for a growing tumor or advanced cancer outside of the prostate gland.

Talk with Dr. Steven Gange about any of the following symptoms:

  • Weakness or numbness in your feet or legs due to pressure from the tumor on your spinal column
  • Losing weight and having no appetite
  • Fatigue, nausea and vomiting
  • Problems with your bowels, especially constipation
  • Deep pains in your groin, pelvis, lower back, and upper thighs
  • Swelling in your legs

Of course there can be other medical reasons for some of these symptoms, so it is imperative that you seek medical advice for any of these signs.

Prostate cancer can be treated when caught in its early stages. Be aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer, and contact Dr. Steven Gange if you experience any medical changes.

For further questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (801) 993-1800 or request an appointment online today.

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.