Do you know enough about the different cancers out there today? If not, then you should spend a little time to read up on them. If you are a male one of the cancers to learn about is prostate cancer. Just like other diseases and cancers, there are many signs and symptoms of prostate type of cancer that you should be concerned with.
One of them is frequent urge to urinate. This frequent urination usually comes at night when the patient would rather be sleeping, and it is soon followed with blood in the urine or semen. The previous symptoms are evident of early stage of this cancer; however when the blood starts to show, the carcinoma must have started to migrate into the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
At this stage, the progression of the disease is often a lot faster and before long the metastatic cancerous cells invade the bones of the patient. Often this is when complaints of pain in the lower back, in the pelvis, and sometimes also in the upper thighs tend to come in; they indicate that the prostate-cancer cells have spread to the ribs, pelvis, and other bones.
It is possible in certain extreme cases for such prostate cancer symptoms actually to be as a result of other infections, prostate enlargement, or benign prostate hypertrophy, but that is not often the case. In any case, a patient should worry enough about himself to hurry in for diagnostics at this time, and in the clinic, the specialists can certainly confirm or allay his fears. Even though prostate enlargement is a natural result of the aging process, it is a lot more pronounced when a patient is suffering from this cancer, and it should never be taken for granted.
In the early stages prostate cancer often has to be diagnosed by workups for an elevated PSA noticed during a routine checkup, but late stage disease is characterized by metastasis that makes in relatively easier to identify the spreading sarcoma.
So after the frequent and increased urination at night, the difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, blood in the urine, and painful urination, the later stages of the disease are characterized by urinary dysfunction problems with sexual function and performance, such as difficulty achieving erection or painful ejaculation, and a lot of bone pain, often in the vertebrae. Metastatic disease in the spine often ends up compressing the spinal cord also, resulting in leg weakness and incontinence.