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Prostate Cancer Tests

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in men. Unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer often grows very slowly and is difficult to detect for many years. A man with this disease may not exhibit any prostate cancer symptoms for some time.

Many men pass off prostate cancer symptoms as just signs of getting older. Aging men do experience many of the same symptoms as those with prostate cancer because of how both affect urination.

Prostate cancer symptoms include: frequent urination, difficulty passing urine, urgency to urinate, continuous feeling of a full bladder, blood in the urine, blood in semen and back pain.

However, there is a form of prostate cancer testing that can help men discover whether or not they have the disease and seek appropriate treatment. The most common form of prostate cancer testing is a blood test that detects the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA.

Having this test completed can potentially save your life. It should be noted, however, that some men may not exhibit any PSA cancer sign and still be sick. Others may just be suffering from the affects of growing old. Still others may have results from the prostate cancer testing that states they have high PSA levels, which means they have cancer, yet they do not have cancer.

This all may be a lot to take in at once, but rest assured, prostate cancer testing can save lives. If you experience any prostate cancer symptoms, be sure to notify your doctor immediately. There is no way to tell if you have a slow growing or fast growing cancer.

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