This is the first sign of cancer

According to the MedUni Vienna, every fifth man suffers from prostate cancer during his lifetime and "this type of cancer is just as common in men as breast cancer in women", but most men do not see any reason for regular check-ups here. You only go to the doctor when the first symptoms appear. However, the chances of recovery are often drastically limited. Accordingly, the diseases in men are increasingly fatal.

Initial evidence of cancer can help with early diagnosis. Image: kei907 - fotolia

men go to the doctor only when they have complaints
"In many cancers, the mortality of men is higher than that of women," reports the MedUni Vienna. One possible explanation is the different behaviors in dealing with the classical risk factors. Men would continue to smoke more and consume more alcohol than women. But also the control examinations probably play a role here according to the experts."While women regularly go on gynecological examinations at an early age, men usually seek medical attention only when they have symptoms - and even then, the initiative often starts with their women," explains the head of the University Department of Urology at MedUni ViennaAKH Vienna, Shahrokh Shariat.

Men should also take preventive medical examinations
The Head of the Department of Urology therefore strongly recommends that men over the age of 45 be regularly screened, as the sooner carcinomas are detected, the better the chances of recovery. Nobody should be ashamed to visit a urologist here."For complaints, it is advisable to seek medical help as quickly as possible," says Shariat. In no case should the visit to the doctor be postponed, because "a fulfilling sex life and urological precaution finally serve the general well-being," explained the expert. Especially diseases of the prostate often have a massive effect on male self-esteem, according to Shariat, because they are often associated with a loss of sexual performance.

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    Problems with urination Reference to prostate cancer
    As a possible indication of tumors of the prostate MedUni Wien calls constant urination with decreasingurinary urgency. The complaints are often the result of a so-called benign prostatic hyperplasia( BPH), which, according to the experts as benign enlargement in the prostate area is the most common reason for a visit to urologists. The affected people are usually severely limited in their quality of life, not only because urinating becomes a problem, but also because "a sick prostate affects male sexual life", according to the MedUni."The prostate is the emotional seat of masculinity, and when it comes to disorders, one often questions oneself. Men no longer feel like a man, "explained the Head of the University Department of Urology at MedUni Vienna.

    Wide range of potential cancer
    In addition to the above-mentioned complaints in the early stages of prostate cancer, numerous other cancer signs are known whose occurrence should be checked by a doctor. Here are as unspecific general symptoms primarily drastic loss of performance, chronic fatigue and a significant weight loss to call. Corresponding symptoms are observed, for example, in colon cancer, bone marrow cancer, kidney cancer or leukemia. In particular, if performance loss, fatigue and weight loss occur simultaneously, a medical check should be carried out promptly. This is all the more true when additional complaints in the respiratory, digestive and abdominal areas or at the neurological level are added.

    Significant loss of performance and chronic fatigue may be first warnings.(Image: Sergey Nivens /
    For example, swallowing problems that are more common in cancers of the larynx, esophagus, or stomach, abdominal pain, or nausea and vomiting are possible signs of cancer. Also, diarrhea, constipation, a bloated stomach, urinary retention or other disorders of urination( urination) and defecation may be related to a cancer. In addition, blood in the urine or stool is to be evaluated as a warning signal.

    Chronic respiratory symptoms a warning signal
    Persistent respiratory complaints such as chronic coughing or smoker's cough in the worst case in the form of hemoptysis( haemoptysis) are also possible signs of cancer. However, the symptoms usually show only in the extremely advanced stage of bronchial carcinoma. This also applies to chest pain and respiratory distress, which can sometimes be seen as conspicuous symptoms.

    In the early stages of lung cancer, these are often manifested by unusually severe colds with a strong, long-lasting cough. Hoarseness can also be a side effect of throat cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer. However, headaches may be evidence of bone marrow cancer or tumors directly in the brain. In particular, if additional neurological impairments such as paralysis, dizziness, drowsiness, changes in personality, speech, visual or hearing impaired added, a doctor is promptly consulted. A particularly striking symptom of brain tumors are newly occurring epileptic seizures.

    Skin changes
    Cancer of the skin can often be seen by the associated changes in the skin, in addition to visually altered moles and skin irritation, such as flaky, dry skin should be examined as a possible evidence of cancer. Above all dark, raised, growing liver spots with different coloring are here called by the German Cancer Research Center( DKFZ) as typical signs of the particularly dangerous black skin cancer.

    For most cancers, however, the symptoms are only detectable when the disease is already significantly advanced, which is why the preventive care is given a special meaning here. However, the willingness of men to take part in these routine examinations is still relatively small to this day. It is therefore all the more important for those affected to be particularly cautious in all forms of unusual, recurring pain or other ailments and to consult a doctor at an early stage.(fp)

    Cancer Warning Signs and Take Action
    cancers most people seem to come out of nowhere. While many women take cancer screening seriously and have themselves checked regularly, men are still a real precautionary starvation. The MedUni Vienna has now called men to an increased sensitivity, as with an early diagnosis of tumors, the chances of a cure significantly. The experts also show which first symptoms should be taken into account. These can not occur. Also, general symptoms such as tiredness can have a perfectly harmless background.
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