There is currently no prostate cancer screening program in the UK, so watch for any warning signs that a tumor has grown large enough to press on the urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the tip of the penis. The Prostate Cancer Foundation asks that you “contact your doctor” if you experience any of the following symptoms. Book a doctor’s appointment if you “have to urinate frequently, especially at night, sometimes urgently.”
It’s also worth getting checked out by a doctor if you’re having “difficulty starting or stopping urination.”
Also tell your doctor if you have “weak, dribbling, or interrupted urine flow.”
In addition, seek medical advice if urinating is painful or leaves a “burning” sensation.
Other possible signs of prostate cancer may include:
- Difficulty getting an erection
- A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pressure or pain in the rectum
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs.
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Pain may be severe in or around the penis, testicles, anus, abdomen, or lower abdominal pain.
Letting go of a number two can also be painful, just like peeing, with or without blood in it.
“See a GP straight away if you have these symptoms so the cause can be investigated,” the NHS advised.
Acute prostatitis can be treated with painkillers and a course of antibiotics for up to four weeks.
What Causes Acute Prostatitis?
The NHS explained: “Acute prostatitis is usually caused when bacteria in the urinary tract invade the prostate.”
An enlarged prostate
Common in men over the age of 50, an enlarged prostate can cause symptoms similar to those of prostate cancer.
However, the condition is not cancerous and lifestyle recommendations may be advised to relieve symptoms such as:
- Drink less alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks
- Limit your intake of artificial sweeteners
- Exercise regularly
- Drink less in the evening.
Medications may be prescribed to shrink the prostate and relax the bladder.