Did you know that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States? According to the American Cancer Society, 161,360 men are diagnosed with the disease each year. The good news is approximately 90% of all cases are detected in the early, contained stages, so the cure rate is very high.
One of the reasons for such a high cure rate is the awareness of symptoms and detection of risk signs of this disease. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so we want to continue to share helpful knowledge and encourage readers and their loved ones to talk to their doctors should they have any concerns. Below are some symptoms of prostate cancer, so if you’re experiencing any of the following, please talk to your healthcare professional about your prostate health:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream
- The need to urinate more often, especially at night
- Blood in urine or semen
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain in your hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other new pain
- Weakness or numbness in your legs or feet
To learn more about these symptoms and your prostate health, visit the American Cancer Society’s website. For help managing urinary incontinence and other symptoms of prostate complications, check out some of these resources that can help keep you informed and comfortable.