Many types of cancers, including prostate cancer, can take years to become noticeable. But according to Macmillan Cancer Support, there are two tell-tale signs in your legs of the disease that you should immediately contact your doctor about
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The exact cause of prostate cancer is not known, although a number of things such as age and ethnicity can increase your risk of developing the condition.
This type of cancer usually progresses very slowly and you can often live for decades without any symptoms, according to the NHS.
However, this means that you may not detect the cancer until has spread to other parts of your body.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, there are two unexpected signs of prostate cancer affecting legs. Here are the signs you need to know keep an eye on.
What are sensations on the legs caused by prostate cancer?
The Macmillan Cancer Support explains that if bones in the spine have cancer in them, the cancer may press on the spinal cord.
This is called spinal cord compression and it usually affects your legs causing numbness or tingling in your legs,
If you notice either of these sensations on your legs, the charity advises that you contact your doctors straight away, even “at the weekend or during a holiday period”.
They added that if you cannot contact your GP or cancer doctor, you should go to the nearest emergency department (A&E) to get checked up.
What are the common symptoms of prostate cancer?
The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include:
Needing to pee more frequently, often during the night
Needing to rush to the toilet
Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
Straining or taking a long time while peeing
Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
Blood in urine or blood in semen
However, these symptoms don’t always mean that you have prostate cancer.
The NHS explains: “Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older because of a non-cancerous condition called benign prostate enlargement.”
The health body adds that your risk of developing prostate cancer is higher if you have a close relative like a brother or father who developed prostate cancer.
Studies have also shown that there may be a link between diet and risk of prostate cancer, with some evidence showing that diets high in calcium increase the risk of developing the condition.
Another linked factor is obesity, which means that a balanced diet and regular exercise may lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.
If you believe you have symptoms of prostate cancer, consult your GP or cancer doctor or check the NHS website for more information.