Male Pelvic Cancer
Some of the most common types of cancer in men occur in the pelvic region. There are seven different types that can develop, each with their own symptoms and treatments. This guide will give you all the need-to-know facts about male pelvic cancer so you can stay aware of the signs and protect your health.
This is the most common male cancer in the UK, with 40,000 new cases each year. The symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Needing to urinate frequently and urgently, including during the night
- Difficulty or straining when starting to pee
- Taking a long time to urinate
- Weak urine flow
- Feeling that your bladder is never empty
You have a higher risk of prostate cancer if you’re over 50, of black or Asian descent or have a family history of the disease. It doesn’t necessarily require any treatment – many men live with prostate cancer for years without any troubling symptoms. If things get worse then a prostatectomy may be necessary.
One of the more well-known male cancers due to where it occurs. Look out for these testicular cancer symptoms by examining your testicles every few months:
- Lumps or swelling on one of the testicles
- A dull ache in your scrotum
- A heavy feeling in your scrotum
If you receive a testicular cancer diagnosis, you’ll need to have the affected testicle removed. This sounds scary but it totally removes the cancer in most cases, with no lasting side effects. Most men are still fertile after having a testicle removed and your testosterone levels will usually stay the same, so there is nothing to worry about.
This cancer happens when tumours develop on the bladder lining. Due to this, the symptoms of bladder cancer mostly involve urination:
- Blood in the urine
- Needing to urinate unusually often
- Getting the sudden urge to urinate
- Burning sensations when you pee
- Pelvic pain or bone pain
Bladder cancer is often caused by smoking, as the cancer-causing chemicals in cigarettes pass through your kidneys and into your bladder. Depending how severe the cancer is it can require either chemotherapy or the removal of the bladder.
This type of cancer is rare, with only around 550 cases each year. The symptoms are very noticeable and include:
- Growths or sores on the penis that don’t heal after 4 weeks
- Bleeding from the penis or foreskin
- Foul smelling discharge
- Changes in the colour of the penis or foreskin
- Thickened skin on the penis or foreskin
- A rash on the penis
These symptoms could mean several things and it’s important to get them checked by your GP. If penile cancer is caught at a very early stage, then laser surgery can be used to remove affected skin. Otherwise it requires surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Cancer of the anus often looks a lot like less serious conditions such as piles and anal fissures, which can cause it to be missed. Other symptoms of anal cancer include:
- Bleeding or mucus discharge from your rectum
- Pain and itching around the anus
- Small lumps around the anus
- Bowel incontinence
Chemoradiation (a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy) or surgery are used to combat anal cancer.
Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers there is, and is also known as colon cancer or rectal cancer. You might notice these symptoms:
- Blood in your poo
- Needing to poo more often, with diarrhoea
- Stomach pain, bloating and discomfort
These symptoms are common for many conditions, but if you have them persistently then it’s important to get them checked. Most cases of bowel cancer happen in people over the age of 60; if you are a UK citizen over 60 you will be sent a test kit every two years to screen you for bowel cancer. If it’s caught early enough it can be totally cured.
Overcome the After Effects of Pelvic Cancer with Kegel8
Pelvic cancer in men is often treatable, but the treatment can leave you with some unpleasant after-effects. These can include urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and erectile dysfunction. These symptoms are embarrassing and can really effect your confidence and life. Kegel8 can help – once you are given the all-clear by your doctor, a Kegel8 V for Men Pelvic Toner can help you to strengthen your pelvic floor. A strong male pelvic floor ensures that you can maintain strong, healthy erections. It will also help you to control any incontinence, as your pelvic floor is responsible for supporting your bladder and bowels. The Kegel8 V for Men Pelvic Toner will help your pelvic floor to recover in only 3-6 months, getting you back on track to enjoy your life again.