Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: 6 Symptoms That May Mean Advanced Prostate Cancer by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: 6 Symptoms That May Mean Advanced Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men in the United States. About one in nine men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Thankfully, through regular checkups and screening, most cases of prostate cancer are found early. 

It’s important for men to schedule yearly checkups with their health-care provider, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), to ensure the health of their prostate. It’s also important to look out for these common signs and symptoms of more advanced prostate cancer: 

  1. Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urine stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.
  2. Blood in the urine or semen.
  3. Trouble getting an erection.
  4. Pain in the hips, back, chest or other areas, as a result of cancer that has spread to bones.
  5. Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet.
  6. Loss of bladder or bowel control from tumors pressing on the spinal cord.

Most of these symptoms are also indicative of other common ailments, so it’s important that if you are experiencing any of them frequently, you reach out to your NP for a checkup to help find the root of the problem.

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Donna John
My dad had prostate cancer at the same time that both of my uncles had it. My grandpa also had it. Now I have a very close friend who had the surgery, but is now having to do radiation as well. It's so important for men to have regular checkups! Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you for this very helpful info, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP . Donna John , does this seem to run in families? I'm so sorry for your dad and uncles who had it and I hope they recovered fully!
Donna John
Yes, it is hereditary. I already told my son to get ready for me to badger him to schedule checkups ... no matter how old he is. They did all recover fully from prostate cancer. One of my uncles, however, did pass last year from a stroke. Another reason to go to the doctor regularly! Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds

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