July 27, 2018

Prostate cancer: Did you say zero symptoms?

Google keeps track of what is searched most frequently. Since prostate cancer is common, it’s hardly surprising that people who research aches or pains "down there" in the lower part of the abdomen search for "symptoms of prostate cancer."

The most commonly googled question related to prostate cancer is "What are the symptoms" Given what's published online, however, you would think that prostate cancer has all sorts of symptoms: urinary problems, pain, sexual difficulties, even rectal problems. The truth is that in this modern era of PSA testing, prostate cancer has zero symptoms whatsoever… unless it is advanced!

Basically, these websites hark back to a bygone era, describing a situation that existed before PSA testing was available. The symptoms they list, like bone pain, changes in urination, fatigue, pelvic pain, etc., only occur in men with advanced disease.

Detecting prostate cancer early with PSA screenings

Now that we have PSA screening, it means that it is practically impossible for undiagnosed prostate cancer to cause discomfort, urinary problems, difficulty with erections, or any other symptom related to prostate cancer.

This is not to say that men can’t have prostate symptoms from noncancerous causes, such as prostatitis, benign glandular swelling, urinary tract infections, or sexually transmitted diseases. But PSA testing can ensure that any symptoms that may be present are coming from something unrelated to prostate cancer. What causes these symptoms: The growing size of the prostate can put pressure on the urethra or bladder. This pressure can block urine flow which in turn can cause urinary or sexual problems.

The onset of symptoms of prostate cancer

The onset of symptoms is related to an increase in tumor size or when the cancer has evolved and spread to different tissues and organs. This is known as locally advanced, advanced or metastatic cancer.

Bottom line

The growing tumor does not push against anything to cause discomfort or pain, so for many years the disease may be silent. That’s why screening for prostate cancer is such an important topic for all men and their families.

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