It makes sense to be aware of any potential problems with your prostate in your 30s. That's because research has shown that prostate cancer sufferers who detected the disease in their 30s had much better prognoses than men who spotted it later in life [source: Tuma].
That's not to say you should spend a lot of time fixating on this. The fact is that only 1 in 10,000 men under 40 are diagnosed with prostate cancer [source: Prostate Cancer Foundation]. However, because you have improved chances of defeating "the big C in your P" when young, you should stay alert to potential problems with this particular piece of plumbing. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, early warning signs of prostate cancer can include the following:
- Frequent urination (especially urges at night)
- Painful urination or ejaculation, sometimes accompanied by blood
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
- Having a tough time either starting the urine flow or holding it back
If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to see your doctor at once.