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What are the symptoms and preventive measures for prostate cancer?

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Published At July 9, 2022
Reviewed AtAugust 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have an enlarged prostate, and I worry that it may become prostate cancer in the future. I am a 50-years-old male, and may I know what are the symptoms of prostate cancer? How should I prevent myself from prostate cancer? Also, what can an enlarged prostate cause me, and how to treat it?

Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Vishal

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Prostate enlargement and prostate cancer are two different entities. It does not necessarily mean that prostate enlargement leads to prostate cancer. Symptoms of prostate cancer and prostate enlargement are overlapping and it includes blood in urine, urinary flow problems, or bone pain (in higher stages ). The best way to prevent or early detection of prostate cancer is yearly prostate cancer screening which includes, serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA blood test), and per rectal examination of prostate by a urologist. This screening method detects prostate cancer at a very early stage. To treat prostate enlargement, you need to do further tests like an abdomen ultrasound and uroflowmetry. These tests decide the severity of enlargement, and medical treatment (alpha-blocker group of medication) is started in mild to moderate cases. In severe cases, surgical procedures such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) are done. I suggest consulting a urologist near you and starting treatment under his supervision.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vaibhav Vishal
Dr. Vaibhav Vishal

Urology

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