Prostate cancer may not always cause noticeable signs or symptoms in the early stages. That’s why Dignity Health Central Coast recommends screening tests for men to detect the disease early.
Most prostate cancers grow very slowly. However, others are more aggressive and can spread quickly. Our oncologists provide care with dignity and help you understand the importance of screening tests and knowing the early signs of prostate cancer.
Find a Doctor today for important information on diagnosing prostate cancer symptoms on California’s Central Coast.
Detecting Signs of Prostate Cancer at Dignity Health Central Coast
If you have early stage prostate cancer, you likely do not have significant symptoms, since the disease typically grows very slowly. As the disease advances, your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will ask if you have any of these signs and symptoms of prostate cancer:
- Pelvis, hip, or back pain
- Frequent urination, particularly at night
- Blood in your semen or urine
- Urgent or painful urination
- Problems with erections
- Interrupted or weak urine stream
- Difficulty at beginning of urination
These symptoms also can be a sign of an enlarged prostate gland. Your doctor will pinpoint the cause so that you can receive the right care for your healing and well-being.
Suggested Screenings for Prostate Cancer
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our doctors live by a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect. We want to protect your health by emphasizing the importance of early detection of prostate cancer on the Central Coast.
We provide screening tests to help check for signs of prostate cancer before you may ever notice them. These include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) to determine PSA levels. Higher PSA levels may indicate prostate cancer. A DRE is a physical exam in which your doctor feels your prostate gland using a gloved and lubricated finger.
If these tests suggest prostate cancer, your doctor will take a biopsy of your prostate gland and examine it under a microscope to provide an accurate diagnosis. If cancer is detected, you will likely need imaging exams and other tests.
The doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast provide personalized treatment options to effectively address the cancer and help preserve your well-being and lifestyle. For comprehensive care with humankindness, talk to a doctor today.
Dignity Health oncologists provide quality, personalized care for prostate cancer symptoms on California’s Central Coast.