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Prostate Cancer

Symptoms and Signs of Prostate Cancer

There are usually no specific signs or symptoms of early prostate cancer. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) can provide the best chance of identifying prostate cancer in its earliest stages, but these tests have drawbacks. Talk to your physician about whether prostate cancer screening is right for you.

The following are the most common symptoms of prostate cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Urinating often (especially at night)
  • Difficulty urinating or holding back urine
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Nagging pain in the back, hips or pelvis
  • Painful ejaculation
  • The symptoms of prostate cancer may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

As a man gets older, his prostate may grow bigger and obstruct the flow of urine or interfere with sexual function. An enlarged prostate gland—a condition called benign prostate hyperplasia—may require treatment with medicine or surgery to relieve symptoms. This common benign prostate condition, which is not cancer, can cause many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer.