Men's Health

The Tell-Tale Signs of Cancer in Men

Written by Ainjlla Berry

Men all over the world develop cancer and there is no age, background, social class, or anything else that can stop this occurring in a person. There are certain cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, that can stay inside your body without symptoms for years, developing into something unstoppable before you experience your first negative symptom. However, there are significantly more cancers that cause symptoms quite early on, meaning that you could save your own life simply by paying attention to the symptoms and by going to the doctor the moment you feel as if something is not right.

Urination Issues

As men age, it is not uncommon for them to experience certain issues with their ability to urinate, such as needing to pee more often due to a weakening bladder, incontinence of various degrees, and trouble starting urination. This is often caused by the prostate becoming enlarged over time but it can also be the sign of prostate cancer. This is a big reason why you should always call on a doctor for a thorough examination if you experience these symptoms, especially if you do so suddenly or more frequently over a short period of time.

Testicles

On average, your testicles should hang with one, usually the left, slightly lower than the other to prevent them clashing when you sit, walk, run, or stand. However, any sudden changes in your testicles should be brought to the attention of a certified professional at a Singapore cancer centre the moment that you notice this because it could indicate that you have a tumour growing under the skin. Unlike prostate cancer, which will grow rather slowly, testicular cancer can grow overnight, causing a lump to appear that was not there just one or two days ago.

To check for lumps, gently roll the scrotum in your hand, feeling the shape and size of your testicles one at a time. These should feel similar to large beans or balls and you might be able to feel the thin tube connecting them to the rest of your body. If you notice anything abnormal or if you can see something abnormal simply by looking at them, it is time to contact a professional as soon as possible and you should undergo a physical exam, blood analysis, and an ultrasound to be sure of the diagnosis.

Blood

If you have blood in your urine, it should come out as a very dark brown. It could come out as bright red blood, meaning that you have an active bleed. Your stool will come out as a dark black with red streaks or other similar symptoms. If you suspect that you have blood in either your urine or your stool, you should immediately bring it to the attention of a professional so that you can determine the cause and location of the bleed.

If you are lucky, you could have internal haemorrhoids that are causing the bleed; however, it could be the first indication that you have bladder, kidney, or colon cancer. It is a great idea to contact a professional if you notice any bleeding, especially if the bleeding is new and not accompanied with any pain or itching around the anus, which would indicate haemorrhoids.

 

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