According to the American Cancer Society, more than 160,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States. Prostate cancer develops in a man’s prostate, which is a small gland that rests below the bladder and in front of the rectum.
The average age of a prostate cancer diagnosis in the U.S. is around 66 years of age. The older the patient, the more complicated treatment can be, however the prognosis is generally favorable when treatment begins early on, before cancer has spread beyond the prostate. Understandably, this should raise a question: How can men detect the symptoms of prostate cancer earlier on?
Prostate cancer can be hard to detect on your own. Here are some general tips to help guide you to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Signs of Prostate Cancer
Physical signs of prostate cancer generally do not appear until the disease has had some time to progress. Prostate problem often don’t manifest until after age 40, and cancer may not develop until much later in life. Thus, it’s very important for men to begin prostate examinations early. Still, a doctor can detect subtle signs of the disease before it develops.
Signs of prostate cancer in males include, but are not limited to:
- Frequent urination, particularly in the evening
- Difficulty starting or preventing urination
- A weak or delayed flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
Because of the prostate’s location, symptoms generally interfere with sexual intercourse and/or urination. However, some changes in urination take place with age and do not necessarily indicate a prostate problem. This is a key reason why men should see a doctor annually.
Sufferers of prostate problems may experience erectile dysfunction (ED), or difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. An enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean cancer will develop, but any sudden changes in urination, premature ejaculation or lack of an erection should be reported to your physician immediately. Other serious symptoms can include blood in semen, painful ejaculation, or pain in the lower back.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Safeguard Against Prostate Issues
As men age, the level of testosterone – the primary male hormone – declines. Although this is a natural process, testosterone concentration can at times decline too quickly or levels can dip too low. When testosterone levels drop below optimal level some men may have difficulty controlling many variables such as weight gain, mood regulation, body strength and muscle development. Being overweight is a major risk factor for the development of prostate cancer.
With safe, natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, men can enjoy the benefits of hormonal health and take advantage of in-depth testing of male sex hormones to determine and detect pre-cancerous cells. The benefits of therapy can include more energy, weight loss, lean muscle gain, increased stamina, improved concentration and more stabilized moods. the biostation customized hormone treatments for men use safe, , proven and effective therapies to treat symptoms by early detection, and prevent age related diseases. To learn more about our individualized treatment plans, contact us today.