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7 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer Which Usually Go Unnoticed

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The prostate is a small gland located below the bladder and surrounding the urethra. This organ is responsible for producing the semen, the liquid which carries the male sperm. The prostate size increases over years but it is usually normal. However, in some cases it becomes cancerous. Prostate cancer, largely, is treatable. This disease progresses slowly over time which is why it usually goes unnoticed and is diagnosed in the advanced stages when treatment becomes difficult. Therefore, early diagnosis of this disease is important.

Primarily, the treatment is to ensure that the tumor does not spread to other parts of the body. For this, early diagnosis is the key. And for diagnosis, it is important for you to watch out for the signs of the disease. Some early signs of this disease are overlooked because they are common with many other health conditions.

Here, we will outline the 7 most important symptoms of prostate cancer which usually go unnoticed.

 
  1. Difficulty in urinating

Difficulty in urinating could include anything, from an urge to urinate more frequently to pain while passing urine. You may feel the need to rush to the loo every now and then. You may also find it difficult to pass urine and it may even stop mid-way. Now, these symptoms can be confused with UTIs but they should not. This pain occurs because the prostate gland surrounds the urethra and a tumor present in that area is interfering with urine.

  1. Blood in urine

Blood in the urine is never normal. Even a small pink smear or tint can be abnormal. It is a reason good enough for you to rush to the doctor. It usually occurs as a result of a tumor in the bladder, prostate, kidney or due to kidney stones.

  1. Blood in the semen

If you notice a pinkish smear in the semen post-ejaculation, never ignore it. According to men dealing with prostate cancer, even a small amount of blood which makes the semen pink in color can be a sign of prostate cancer. So if you noticed this, report this immediately.

  1. Difficulty in maintaining erections

If you find it difficult to maintain erections most of the time, you could be at risk of this disease. Most of the time erection problems occur as a result of atherosclerosis (a condition of plaque buildup in the arteries which prevents blood flow to the penis). However, in some cases, it is due to a tumor in the prostate. If erection problems have been interfering with your sex life for a very long time now, you must get it checked.

  1. Having to pee in the middle of the night

Some of the men dealing with prostate cancer look back and report this symptom. They say that they used to feel an urge to rush to the bathroom more than once every night. So if you are experiencing the same, a trip to your doctor is in order. However, keep in mind that this condition is more likely to be a symptom of an overactive bladder than prostate cancer.

  1. Chronic constipation and digestive distress

The prostate gland is located right below the bladder and in front of the rectum; so it can interfere with your digestive system as well. Keep in mind that chronic constipation can put pressure on gland and lead to an enlargement of the tumor. These problems could also be indicative of colon cancer.

  1. Dribbling urine

This symptom is sometimes embarrassing enough to be ignored, but it shouldn’t be. Even if it is occurring on a small-scale, it must not go unnoticed. If you are spending too much time in the bathroom waiting for the dribbling to stop, plan a trip to the doctor to discuss this out. This could also be a sign of an overactive bladder, but if it is accompanied by other signs as well, you must get tested for prostate cancer.


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Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women

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Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.

The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women

  1. Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?

One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.

 
  1. Breathing Difficulty

Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.

  1. Sweating

Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.

  1. pain experienced in both the arms

It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense

  1. The most common sign Dizziness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.

  1. Exhaustion

One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.

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Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens

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Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.

Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.

The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.

Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.

Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.

The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.

Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.

“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.

“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.

“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.

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Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?

A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.

 

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.

However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.

Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.

Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”

Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.

“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.

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