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13 Signs of Cancer Men Are Likely to Ignore

Reader's Digest Logo By Alyssa Jung of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: <p>If it’s consistently difficult to urinate, or there’s blood in your urine or semen, or if you experience unexplained erectile dysfunction, see your doctor; these could be <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/prostate-cancer-symptoms/1'>symptoms of prostate cancer</a>. 'Unfortunately, there aren’t noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer until the aggressive stages,' says Moshe Shike, MD, gastroenterologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Shike says he frequently sees patients who ignore these symptoms for up to six months before they seek help, but the sooner you check out your symptoms, the better.</p>If you have the opposite problem, and <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/peeing-a-lot/1/'>you have to pee all the time, here's what that might mean</a>.Reader’s Digest is working with Stand Up to Cancer, an initiative that funds groundbreaking research projects to help bring new treatments to patients faster. Here’s how you can <a href='http://bs.serving-sys.com/serving/adServer.bs?cn=trd&mc=click&pli=18875507&PluID=0&ord=[timestamp]'>join the movement to help END CANCER in our lifetimes</a>.

Difficulty urinating

Many men’s cancer signs can mimic symptoms of other diseases or conditions—and many men are notorious for delaying doctors’ visits—so it’s easy to ignore them. But it’s important to know your body and see a doctor about these or any unusual pains or other changes.

If it’s consistently difficult to urinate, or there’s blood in your urine or semen, or if you experience unexplained erectile dysfunction, see your doctor; these could be symptoms of prostate cancer. 'Unfortunately, there aren’t noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer until the aggressive stages,' says Moshe Shike, MD, gastroenterologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Shike says he frequently sees patients who ignore these symptoms for up to six months before they seek help, but the sooner you check out your symptoms, the better.

If you have the opposite problem, and you have to pee all the time, here's what that might mean.Reader’s Digest is working with Stand Up to Cancer, an initiative that funds groundbreaking research projects to help bring new treatments to patients faster. 
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