A urologist consultant at Princess Grace Hospital, Dr. Qazi specializes in diseases of the male anatomy. Here he speaks exclusively to dailyexpress.co.uk about prostate cancer.
Frankly, he explains that by the time prostate cancer symptoms appear, “it’s usually past the stage of a full cure.”
However, there is hope in that it can be “treated anyway” which means that people can still enjoy a high quality life.
Dr. Qazi begins to distinguish between “local symptoms” and “systemic symptoms”.
Local symptoms are “related to the presence of cancer, which invades adjacent structures,” he explained.
Systemic symptoms, on the other hand, are “related to cancer spreading throughout the body”
The one sign all men should pay attention to – in terms of “local symptoms” – is “change in urination”.
This can include a weakened stream of urine, drips, or waking up at night to urinate.
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These signs occur when the cancerous tumor enlarges or deforms the prostate and the urethra that passes through it.
Teach Me Anatomy has declared the prostate as the “largest accessory gland in the male reproductive system”.
It secretes “proteolytic enzymes that act to break down the clotting factors in the ejaculate” into the sperm.
This allows the sperm to remain in a fluid state, ideal for traveling through the female reproductive tract.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The prostate gland is located near the neck of the bladder, the external urethral sphincter and the ampulla of the rectum.
Commonly described as the “size of a walnut,” doctors are able to detect abnormal lumps or hardened areas through a rectal exam.
Dr. Qazi highlights other local symptoms of prostate cancer that you are encouraged to discuss with your GP (if it applies to you).
For example, any blood mixed with semen in the urine should be considered a warning sign.
This could be a sign that the cancer has “invaded the vertebral bones and the
Additionally, “like many cancers, unexplained weight loss is a sign of advanced prostate cancer.”
Diagnosis of prostate cancer will likely include a blood test and an “urgent referral to hospital” for an MRI.
The first step in treating any type of cancer, including prostate cancer, is to make your doctor aware of any symptoms you may be experiencing.