What Are Signs That One Must Know When Prostate Cancer Is Getting Worse?
Prostate cancer is a fatal disease that is common in many countries of the world. Prostate cancer often affects men who are aged 65 or older. This disease can also affect young men whose bodies produce prostate specific antigen (PSA). The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a blood sample and can help doctors catch prostate cancer early, before it spreads to other parts of the body.
– Dr.M.Srinivas Reddy, Senior Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad
Pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs: As the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it can cause pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs. This pain can be a sign that the cancer has spread to the bones, which are a common site for prostate cancer to spread.
Urinary problems: Prostate cancer can cause problems with urination, such as frequent urges to urinate, difficulty starting or stopping urination, and a weak urine flow. These symptoms can be a sign that the cancer is affecting the urinary system.
Erectile dysfunction: Prostate cancer can also affect the blood flow to the penis, causing erectile dysfunction. If you experience difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, it may be a sign that the cancer is affecting your sexual function.
Weight loss: Unexpected weight loss can be a sign that the cancer is spreading and affecting other parts of the body. In some cases, weight loss can be a result of the cancer affecting the digestive system.
Fatigue: Feeling tired or exhausted can also be a sign that the cancer is spreading and affecting other parts of the body. Fatigue can be a result of the cancer affecting the body’s ability to produce red blood cells.
Swelling in the legs: If you experience swelling in the legs, it may be a sign that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and is affecting the circulatory system.
Bone fractures: Prostate cancer can weaken bones, making them more susceptible to fractures. If you experience a bone fracture, it may be a sign that the cancer has spread to the bones.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Early detection and treatment can improve the chances of a positive outcome and prevent the cancer from spreading. If you have a family history of prostate cancer or are over the age of 50, it is especially important to get regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor your prostate health.
In conclusion, prostate cancer is a serious condition that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated in a timely manner. It is important to be aware of the signs that indicate that the cancer is getting worse and seek prompt medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms