In this article, we learn what the early warning signs of prostate cancer are, as esteemed consultant urologist, Mr Liaqat Chowoo, provides us with an all-you-need-to-know guide on prostate cancer here below.
What are the early warning signs of prostate cancer?
Interestingly, the majority of patients are, nowadays, diagnosed with prostate cancer accidentally after having a PSA test done, and had a high level of PSA. There are also people who present various urinary symptoms such as a slow flow of urine, urinary frequency, a burning sensation after urination, blood in the urine, pain in the lower groin, as well as ejaculation issues.
However, the majority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are diagnosed through a routine PSA test. Then, they end up having a MRI scan and a biopsy to prove or disprove that they have prostate cancer.
How important is an early diagnosis?
Very important. If we diagnose it early, the chances of cure are much higher.
If prostate cancer is diagnosed early enough, what is the prognosis?
If it is diagnosed early enough, the prognosis is excellent. There are certain patients that fall into the 'active surveillance' category. This means that we simply keep an eye on the cancer. If the cancer progresses, then we start thinking about treating it.
Another option involves having an operation on the prostate to get the prostate removed. It is a curative operation.
When should someone get checked out for prostate cancer?
Generally speaking, men are recommended to get their PSA checked out between the ages of 45 and 55.
How exactly will an early diagnosis of the cancer be made?
The most effective way, nowadays, to diagnose prostate cancer is through a PSA test. Then, the next step is an MRI scan, which will detect abnormalities in the prostate. Biopsies can then be carried out. These tests are sent to the lab and can confirm whether there is a case of prostate cancer or not.
Make sure to book an appointment with Mr Liaqat Chowoo today via his Top Doctors profile if you are concerned that you the symptoms you are displaying may lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer.