Attention Men: Cancer Symptoms You Should Know - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on September 27, 2013

Attention Men: Cancer Symptoms You Should Know

There are some guys who truly hate asking for directions, or seeking any kind of help for that matter. But in some situations—and your wife will agree—getting assistance is not always a bad thing. Especially when it comes to your health.

According to the American Cancer Society, most men get screened for cancer because the women in their lives make them do it. However, it’s important for you to take your health into your own hands; if you think something might be wrong, don’t avoid seeing the doctor. Ignorance may be bliss, but it could kill you. The earlier certain conditions such as cancer are detected, the greater the chance that the treatment will be successful and the outcome will be promising.

Here are some warning signs you should specifically look out for:

  • Aches and Pains: As vague as these symptoms are, they can also be a sign of cancer, especially if located in the abdomen, hips, thighs, or groin. Many patients with prostate cancer often complained of aches and dull pain in these parts of the body. Pain in the abdomen that’s accompanied by depression might also be a sign of pancreatic cancer.
  • Urinary Problems: Frequent urination occurs with age for both genders, but you should seek out medical attention if you experience this along with a sense of urgency, an inability to start urinating, a weakening of the urine system, or feeling as though you haven’t completely emptied your bladder.
  • Breast Mass: Although breast cancer is commonly thought of as a cancer that exclusively affects women, men can develop it as well. Be aware of new masses in the breast, skin dimpling or puckering, nipple retraction, redness or scaling of the nipple or skin, or unusual discharge.
  • Changes in the Testicles: While men should receive annual screening exams for prostate cancer, you should also look for any changes in size, swelling, development of lumps, or feeling of heaviness in the area.
  • Fever or Infection: When cancer spreads from its original site, it often leads to unexplained fevers, which can be a sign of blood cancer such as leukemia.
  • Unexplained Weight Loss: Significant weight loss that can’t be attributed to a new diet or exercise regimen could be a sign of a gastrointestinal (GI)-related cancer.  
  • Extreme Fatigue: Feelings of exhaustion and weakness often occur after cancer has grown, but some also experience them during the early stages of stomach or colon cancer.
  • Unusual Appearance of Blood: A variety of cancers can cause blood to appear in your urine or stool, or even when you cough or spit. Additionally, symptoms such as bleeding that doesn’t stop or excessive bruising can also indicate a blood-related cancer. 
  • Chronic Indigestion: The most common sign of early GI-related cancer is pain that feels similar to gas or heartburn. In addition to worsening indigestion, you may also experience “acid stomach” or quickly feeling full after eating a small meal.

For more information about Crozer-Keystone Health System Cancer Services, visit You can also call 1-866-695-HOPE (4673) to request an appointment with a physician who cares for cancer patients.

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