The night time toilet sign that you may have ‘aggressive’ cancer

Medical experts have warned that an increase in the need to use the toilet during the night could be linked to a certain type of cancer.

Cleveland Clinic has said that nocturia is a condition that causes you to wake up during the night to urinate.

Approximately 25 per cent of prostate cancer patients are found to of had severe nocturia.

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This a found to be a side effect of radiation treatment, which can be detrimental to patients’ quality of life.

But the condition can also result from a tumour that is growing in size, pushing against the urethra, reports The Express.

“This can be thought of as nocturnal urinary frequency – having to urinate more often at night”, the health body says.

Nocturnia typically occurs in the later stages of the disease, warranting prompt treatments.

The NHS notes that: “Prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis.

“Symptoms of prostate cancer can include needing to pee more frequently, often during the night.”

Early prostate cancer can be difficult to detect due to the absence of blatant symptoms.

According to Prostate Cancer UK, if you are aged 50 or over, your father or brother has had the disease, or you are black, you should speak to your GP.

The drop in cancer screening rates during the pandemic could have significant repercussions for cancer survival in the coming years.

But the prevalence of certain forms of cancer, notably of the prostate, were already on the rise before screening services were disrupted.

Prostate cancer is the second-most common form of the disease among men behind skin cancer.

The disease is often labelled “aggressive” for its ability to spread quickly to neighbouring lymph nodes and organs if left untreated.

How to avoid prostate cancer

There is overwhelming evidence that diet is a strong determinant of cancer.

There is growing evidence that a plant-based diet may lower the risk of disease and slow its spread.

Those who eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish are less likely to see their cancer grow to the point of needing treatment, researchers have determined.

These foods contain naturally occurring plant compounds, known as carotenoids, which could protect the body against DNA damage.

Red-coloured fruits are particularly apt at protecting the body against cancer, due to their lycopene content, studies have found.

Eating canned tomatoes slashed the risk of prostate cancer by 28 per cent in a 2020 study published in Cancer Causes and Control

Doctor Bradley McGregor, an oncologist with the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said: “The same dietary habits that can lower your risk of prostate cancer can have a similar effect to perhaps slowing its spread.

“So, no matter where you are in terms of prostate cancer – from monitoring PSA levels to treating a diagnosis – take the opportunity now to get serious about your diet.”

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