November is the month where the leaves fall from the trees, we eat lots of turkey, and, of course, the month where growing facial hair is the norm for millions of men across the country. To raise awareness for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Movember Foundation started the movement of growing mustaches throughout November. To further raise awareness, we believe that knowing the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer is critical and could save your life.

Albemarle Square Family Healthcare is a Charlottesville health clinic that provides services for the whole family, as well as mental health, occupational exams, and more. Having regular health screenings with your primary care physician or nurse practitioner is important to maintaining health, as well as preventing issues before they arise, and catching issues early. Contact us now to make an appointment for your prostate cancer screening!

Here are the symptoms of prostate cancer.

Pain and Other Urinary Symptoms

In some cases, a tumor could press up against the bladder and the urethra, causing pain, discomfort, and burning. Additionally, you might notice that starting or stopping your urine flow is difficult. You might notice that you’re urinating more at night, or experience loss of bladder control any time of day. And if you notice blood in your urine, that is another reason to schedule a prostate cancer screening.

Sexual Dysfunction

A tumor could spread to the testicles and sex organs, causing symptoms that warrant further investigation. Watch for difficulty getting an erection, blood in the semen, and painful ejaculation.

Other Symptoms

Bone pain and fractures could be a sign of cancer in the prostate, and if you notice these ongoing symptoms, it’s best to schedule a screening. Pain in the pelvis, as well as numbness and swelling in the hips, legs, and feet are also symptoms.

Risk Factors

Like other diseases, there are factors that could put you at greater risk of developing prostate cancer. As you grow older, you’re more likely to develop it, especially as you reach your senior years. African American men are at greater risk than other races, and the progression of the disease is more aggressive. Family history and specific genes can mean you’re more likely to get it, so if your grandfather, father, or other men have been diagnosed, you should stay on top of your screenings! Obesity can put you at higher risk and can make cancer more difficult to treat.

What You Can Do

There are things you can do to make you less likely to develop prostate cancer, or to catch it early. One, know the symptoms and have them checked out by your primary care physician or nurse practitioner right away. Also, stay on top of your wellness exams and be sure that a prostate cancer screening is part of the exam. Be sure to eat a nutrient-rich diet (we can help you with that!) and get regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight. And if you carry the gene for it, you can talk to your provider about taking medications that have the potential to prevent it.

We at Albemarle Square Family Healthcare look forward to seeing you for your wellness exams, and will include a prostate cancer screening. Be sure to talk to your primary care physician or nurse practitioner about any concerns you have. Make an appointment in our Charlottesville health clinic today!