The Concerned Patient
If you are concerned that you might have prostate cancer, we encourage you to have a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) performed as well as a PSA blood test. Unfortunately, there are few symptoms indicating prostate cancer and the majority of men diagnosed will not have experienced any symptoms. Additionally, many of the symptoms related to prostate cancer could also be due to causes other than cancer.
It is completely normal to try to wish away potentially negative or harmful things in our lives. And many men prefer to ignore potential medical issues they may face. However, when it comes to prostate cancer it is very important to “man up” and get checked. As with all cancers, the sooner you find that you have prostate cancer, the sooner you can do something about it, the more choices in treatment you will have and the better your chances are of curing it. Think of your family and the favor you will be doing them by learning the truth early.
Ask around and we are sure you will quickly find a contact with someone in your circle of friends who has faced the diagnosis himself. It helps to have a mentor - someone who can share his experience with you. You should keep in mind, however, that individual cases vary a great deal in terms of the extent and aggressiveness of the cancer and the treatment options that may be appropriate.
Following is information to educate you and prepare you for a first (or annual) prostate exam.