It is bad enough that men don’t really like to go to the doctor, but there are many health concerns that need to be detected right away in order to have a fighting chance of recovery. One of these issues has to do with a men’s prostate. In 2012 there were 10,837 men in the UK who died from prostate cancer. The good news is that with early diagnosis the survival rate is up to 84 percent.
Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in men. Some of the symptoms may be confused with other issues but there are ways to straighten that out. One of the symptoms men begin to have is a problem getting an erection. They may also experience pain while ejaculating. Problems urinating as well as blood in the urine are a few more symptoms.
Just like some cancers, the warning signs are not that obvious. Prostate cancer is sometimes referred to as a silent killer. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, talk them over with your doctor to see if there are any further tests that can be done to determine if you do have a problem with your prostate.
Here are some factors that put you at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer:
- Your age
For most men problems with their prostate begin showing up as they get older. Most men will end up with prostate cancer if they live long enough. There is a slim possibility that young men can experience this as well so never discount anything.
- Problems with urination
If you notice any changes when you are urinating you need to notify your doctor. This includes if it is harder to pee, there is any discoloration in your urine, and if you find blood in your urine.
- Being African-American
It seems that more black men end up with prostate cancer and dying from it than any other group of men in the world. The information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that twice as many black men will die of this disease.
If you have a history of prostate problems in your family you have a much higher risk of having prostate problems. Your primary care physician should be familiar with your medical background from the start so he can keep an eye on this situation.
- Being overweight
Even a weight gain of 10 pounds while you are in your 20s or 30s doubles your chances of getting prostate cancer. Men who are overweight also end up with more aggressive forms of the disease if they do get it.
If you are facing any of these risk factors you should make an appointment with your family doctor immediately.