The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that is part of the male reproductive system and is only found in men. The main function of the prostate is to make a thick, white fluid that goes into semen. Prostate fluid is essential for a man’s fertility. In the UK, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, with more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include blood in urine and blood in semen. Having a weak and interrupted flow is also a sign of the disease.
Other signs in the way a man urinates that could signal prostate cancer are needing to pee more frequently, needing to rush to the toilet, difficulty in starting to urinate and feeling like the bladder has not fully emptied.
Why does a man experience urinary problems from prostate cancer?
Prostate Cancer News Today said: “There are numerous reasons that may explain the development of urinary problems due to prostate cancer.
“The disease is developed in the prostate gland as the cells in the prostate begin to grow out of control.
“Given the location of the prostate, this type of cancer affects both the urinary and reproductive systems, causing symptoms like problems passing urine, including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.”
When to see a GP
The NHS advised: “You should see your GP if you have any of these symptoms.
“It’s much more likely to be prostate enlargement, but it’s important to rule out cancer.
“The outlook for prostate cancer is generally good because, unlike many other types of cancer, it usually progresses very slowly.
“Many men die with prostate cancer rather than as a result of having it.
“Prostate cancer therefore does not always need to be treated immediately.
“Sometimes, it may initially just be monitored and only treated if it gets worse.”
There are numerous treatment options for patients with prostate cancer and these could include surgery, radiation, therapy, cryosurgery, vaccine treatment or bone-directed treatment.
These are expected to ease urinary symptoms, but there are other techniques that can help.
Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, strengthen the pelvic muscles, while patients are recommended to avoid drinking more than 2 litres daily, alcohol drinks, coffee, tea, or soda drinks, or a lot of liquids in the evening.
If you suspect you may have any of the symptoms it’s important to speak with your GP about the possible cause.