The warning signs that can lead to an early diagnosis of this very frequent type of tumor.
According to American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 men will present prostate cancer at some stage of your life. Given this, the best prognosis will be given with the early detectionwhich will be possible with routine check-ups and by taking into account the first symptoms.
Among these first indications, the site Medical News Today list the following:
– Changes in bowel habits
They can occur for a number of reasons and are usually not a cause for concern. However, when they are maintained over time, they could indicate prostate cancer, as well as colorectal or bladder.
A warning sign is that the stool contains blood.
– Difficulty urinating
– Pain in one or both testicles.
– Changes in the size or firmness of a testicle
– Pain or numbness of the scrotum.
– Swelling of the scrotum.
Keep in mind that these symptoms do not always indicate cancer. Many times they are due to bacterial and viral infections. However, it is important to consult the doctor.
This would indicate a more advanced stage of the cancer.
An important point is that in the early stages prostate cancer does not produce symptoms, which is why it is important carry out specific periodic check-ups from the age of 45.
How is it diagnosed
The blood test to detect prostate specific antigen and digital rectal examination will allow the diagnosis of prostate cancer. After these studies, a biopsy will be requested.
The odds of cure
The American Society of Clinical Oncology indicates that the fifteen-year survival rate of people who had prostate cancer is 95%. The best perspectives are given when it is located in that organ or in nearby areas.