It is one of the most common cancers affecting men in the United States, but prostate cancer doesn’t always show symptoms in the earliest stages. This is why screening is so important, says James S. Wysock, MD, urologic oncologist at the Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Department of Urology at NYU Langone.
Men should look out for urinary changes such as frequent urination or bladder control difficulty and discuss them with their doctor. Other symptoms to pay close attention to include blood in the urine or ejaculate. It is important to understand that these signs can be caused by prostate cancer or other unrelated issues.
“Think of them as triggers for evaluation,” Dr. Wysock tells Men’s Health. “But even with these, your first thought shouldn’t automatically be that you have prostate cancer.”
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