Five reasons to suspect that you have prostate cancer

The symptoms of prostate cancer are different in every man, in fact some do not have any symptoms

According to official data, prostate cancer is the most common tumor in men, in Argentina. More than 11,600 cases are diagnosed each year, which is more than the sum of the cases in men of cancers of the kidneys (3,370), pancreas (2,357), stomach (2,549) and testicles (2,047). Experts warn that contrary to some popular imagination, It is not a benign or harmless disease, but it is the third type of cancer that causes the highest mortality in men in the country, as more than 3,700 die each year, which is equivalent to more than 10 deaths a day. This is the fourth deadliest cancer, considering both sexes.

For all this Foundation for Comprehensive Public Care for Cancer Patients (ACIAPO) He works to raise awareness of the need for early detection of this cancer and emphasizes that the best strategy is to have a primary urologist and frequent check-ups.

1. Changes in urination: “You don’t have to wait until you have urological symptoms to get a medical consultation. The best medicine is one that precedes and arrives before the disease progresses. That’s why, We always insist that it is important to go to the doctor. We women have an innate need to fulfill a mammography year, but the man still does not go to the urologist, even in the presence of symptoms, “he said. Martha Artigasfounder and president of ACIAPO.

Changes in urination:
Changes in urination: “you don’t have to wait until you have urological symptoms to get a medical consultation”

Frequent urge to urinate, especially at night, difficulty in doing so, poor flow, by the way, they are urological symptoms that appear with age and men mistakenly believe that they are inevitable and that they react only over time. The symptoms of prostate cancer are different in every man, in fact some do not have any symptoms.

Fernando RomanelliACIAPO program coordinator, stressed this “Doctors always insist that all urinary disorders, including pain, burning or bleeding, should be addressed. because they may reflect the existence of a urological disease that maybe it’s not cancer and hopefully not, but in any case, the person should request an appointment with a urologist without spending more time.

2. Other urological manifestations: on presence of blood in the semen and / or pain during ejaculation They are already a sign and symptom that should guide the doctor that something is happening in the urinary system, so he will certainly point to tests to explain the reason.

3. Dolores: constant pain in the back, thigh or pelvisthey are certainly not symptoms that make a person think of prostate disease, but if they persist over time, it is appropriate to see a doctor to determine the origin of these pains and rule out any serious problem, because the truth is that they can be signs of prostate disease.

Pain: constant pain in the back, thigh or pelvis, certainly not symptoms that make a person think of prostate disease, but if they continue over time
Pain: constant pain in the back, thigh or pelvis, certainly not symptoms that make a person think of prostate disease, but if they continue over time

4. Family history: to have or have had a first-degree relative with prostate cancer (father or brother) doubles the risk of developing the disease. “This is not something that should generate anxiety, but enough information not to delay a medical consultation. In fact, the usual indication to go to the urologist from the age of 50 is expected at the age of 45 or 40 due to the presence of predecessors “insisted ACIAPO.

5. Age: Over the age of 50 increases the risk of developing prostate cancer. The passage of time is a risk factor, perhaps the strongest. For this reason, having a chief urologist, at each consultation you can talk about which test is most convenient to conduct at every opportunity, taking into account the specifics of each case.

Generally speaking, once a tumor is found, there are various treatment options active monitoring, follow-up of evolution without specific treatment, surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

Active observation, follow-up of evolution without specific treatment, surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy
Active observation, follow-up of evolution without specific treatment, surgery, radiation therapy, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy

After diagnosis, the doctor, in dialogue with the patient, will determine the best steps to follow, based on the stage of the disease, its evolution, age and general condition of the patient. “In either case, if you don’t have cancer, it’s best to find out as soon as possible. This is news that no one wants to hear, but it is always better to do it sooner than laterbecause medicine will have more tools to manage it, “he concluded. Artigas.

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