SYMPTOM complacency 1/3
Symptoms can appear gradually over many years therefore going unnoticed or assumed normal. Perhaps when younger urinary flow was fast and furious (bladder emptied quickly) and stopped abruptly like turning off the kitchen cold tap?
SYMPTOM complacency 2/3
Urinary frequency can be dismissed as due to 'old' age and the intake caffeine or diuretics. Think back a few years – were you able to drink caffeine without wanting to go to the loo every hour or so?
SYMPTOM complacency 3/3
Are you wearing two pairs of underwear and using tissues or pads to catch drips? Do you get up more than once a night for the loo whereas before you didn't?
Be SYMPTONS ALERT !
NHS stated policy is: 'GPs SHOULD NOT BE PROACTIVE'. This leaves diagnosis to be lead by men going to their GP with symptoms, so it's imperative men understand symptoms indicative of a problem.
WARNING: up to 3 out of 4
men NEVER GET SYMPTOMS
see MY ACTION PLAN
1. COMMON SYMPTOMS
URINARY: Weak, reduced or interrupted flow. Difficulty starting, slow to finish, dribbling on… Frequency day or night, interruptions to sleep are more noticeable. Urgency, not being able to delay, leaking before getting to the loo. Feeling bladder not completely emptied.
2. LESS COMMON
or less talked about
Reduced EJACULATE function, replenish rate and volume. Less frequent sexual desire, reduced libido. Pain or burning when ejaculating or passing urine. Testicle or groin pain. New pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, upper thighs or pelvis. Erectile problems. Blood in the semen or urine even if only once.
PROSTATE CANCER SYMPTOMS
WHERE IS IT? The prostate gland can be described as an irregular shaped walnut situated directly between the underside of the bladder and internal base of the penis, closely connected to both. The rectum, anus, and pelvic floor muscles are also adjacent. The urethra (pee tube) goes directly from the bladder through the middle of the prostate so medical intervention will tend to impact negatively on the bladder, pelvic floor muscles, continence, erectile function and rectum. A WARNING against over-treatment.