6 Cancer Symptoms Men Shouldn’t Ignore

5 Cancer Symptoms Men Shouldn’t Ignore. In its early stages, cancer usually has no symptoms, but eventually a malignant tumour will grow large enough to be detected. As it continues to grow, it may press on nerves and produce pain, penetrate through blood vessels and cause bleeding, or interfere with the function of body organs or system.

The earlier cancer is detected, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful. Understanding what cancer symptoms and changes to your body to look out for could be important.

The following are Cancer symptoms to look out for:

Urinary Problems

Some of men can have problems passing urine as they get older but if you feel the need to go for a pee more frequently, maybe a couple of times during the night, or experience discomfort, it’s best to check it out with the doctor. There’s a chance that it could be a symptom of prostate cancer. As stated by a specialist nurse at Prostate Cancer UK, Meg Burgess: “The thing with early prostate cancer is that there aren’t always any symptoms.”

Research has also shown that if you experience pain, or find it difficult to start to pass water or have a weak or slow flow, you may have a problem with your prostate. In most cases, it’s likely to be an infection but in some cases, it could be prostate cancer.

Per research, prostate cancer is the most common cancer is men, affecting over 47,000 a year in the UK. There is a test called a PSA (prostate specific antigen) which measures the level of PSA in your blood. Though it can’t tell you if you have prostate cancer but at least it tests for abnormalities of the prostate, which may or may not be cancer.

Men who are over 50 are usually advised to contact their GP who will then discuss the pros and cons of the PSA test with them and be offered it.

Change to testicles

Men need to check their testicles and get any unusual lump or swelling checked out.” Checking your testicles is easy enough to do; have a quick feel when you are in the shower,” says head information nurse at Cancer Research UK, Martin Ledwick. He also stated that: “Get familiar with your own set and if something doesn’t feel right get it checked out.”

Martin also said: “If it’s caught early you can have an operation and that’s it. If it’s left, you have an operation and chemo, which isn’t much fun.”

A lump or Swelling Anywhere

Any time you have a lump that is new, you need to go see a doctor. While it could be a benign cyst (noncancerous), which is mostly the case, it could also be a cancer that is in the subterranean tissue. A lump or swelling anywhere on the body needs investigation too. This includes under the arms, in the neck, abdomen, groin or chest area.

Most are harmless and can be left alone, but should be checked by a GP so the cause is known.

Generally, a lump that appears suddenly and is painful is usually caused by an injury or infection. Only rarely is it an early sign of leukaemia or lymphoma.

Blood where it shouldn’t be

If you have blood in your urine it is not usually caused by cancer but you should go and see your doctor about it. “It’s likely to be an infection,” per Martin Ledwick from Cancer Research UK, “But it might be a sign of bladder cancer or prostate cancer.”

Blood in your bowel movements (poo) is also a reason for a check-up. Martin added that: “It can be a symptom of bowel cancer but is more likely to be piles”

According to research, coughing up blood can be a sign lung cancer; blood in the stool could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer. Blood in the urine can also mean you have kidney cancer. If you experience any of these unusual bleeding visit your doctor.

Sweating or a fever

Heavy night sweats can be brought on by infections and certain medications but they can also be caused by certain types of cancer, so you should seek medical advice if you experiencing any.

Unexplained fever is more likely to be a symptom of another illness or condition like an infection, but may rarely indicate cancer though.


Pain is an indicator there is something wrong. It is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong.

An occasional ache and pain is expected as we get older, but if you are in continuous pain or have any unexplained pain that comes and goes over a period of a month or so, it’s better to seek medical advice.Even if it’s not cancer, you will still benefit from a visit to the surgery.

Men can drag their feet when a time to visit their doctor. This shouldn’t be case because it pays to act fast. For heaven’s sake, don’t man it out or delay going to see your General Practitioner.

There’s a window of opportunity in treatment early on so don’t ignore it.


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