As technology advances, so do the methods of detection for cancers, such as prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men in the United States, and it can be one of the most deadly as well, if not detected and treated early.
Prostate cancer mostly occurs in men over the age of 65, and as age increases one’s risk of contracting it increases. However, there are several signs and symptoms that can alert you to the presence of this condition, and the sooner they are noticed by your senior loved one, you, or your senior care aide, the sooner steps can be taken to manage it and perhaps even slow its progression.
Unfortunately, prostate cancer usually does not present itself with symptoms early on, so it is usually caught by a doctor during a routine physical.
However, as it progresses, you will notice more symptoms such as:
Frequent urination – Urinating more often or having to get up in the middle of the night several times to use the restroom can be a sign that something is off in the prostate, as it is a part of the body that deals with urine control.
Painful urination – Does your loved one find it difficult to urinate because it is so painful? This could be another sign that something is wrong.
Starting and stopping – Men with prostate cancer often find it difficult to keep going once they start urinating, and they have to start and stop several times before they feel that they have emptied the bladder.
Difficult to start urinating – If a man finds it hard to start “going” when they feel the need to go, this could be a symptom that some signals are getting blocked, or something is obstructing the urine flow.
Blood – If there is blood in the urine, this is definitely a sign that something is wrong. Schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible, even if the blood appears with no pain or other symptoms, as this is not something that is considered to be normal for men.
Problems in the bedroom – Painful erections or difficulty getting erections could also be a sign of prostate cancer, but these symptoms are more rare. They could also be symptoms of other disorders, like erectile dysfunction, so either way, it is something you should get checked.
If you, your loved one, or your senior care aide (who can help your senior in the restroom), notices any of the above symptoms, try to talk to a doctor as soon as possible. It might be an embarrassing topic, but it is important to talk about it, as it could mean the difference between life and death. Prostate cancer progresses slowly in most cases, but early detection is key, as it gives your loved one a much better chance of fighting it.
The more you know about the signs and symptoms, the better, and the quicker you act to combat this cancer, the better it will be for everyone involved.