Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Often, early stages of prostate cancer do not cause symptoms. Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms. That is why a yearly Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) are important for men 50 and older (45 for those at higher risk of prostate cancer.) Following are the possible prostate cancer symptoms.
- As a man ages, his prostate may grow. An enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can block the flow of urine or interfere with sexual function. BPH is not prostate cancer, but can cause many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer symptoms.
- Other prostate cancer symptoms include a need to urinate frequently, especially at night, difficulty starting urination or holding back urine, inability to urinate, weak or interrupted flow of urine and painful or burning urination.
- Usually, men with prostate cancer can have difficulty in having an erection and painful ejaculation. Although these may not be due to prostate cancer, it is always advised to consult a qualified doctor.
- Blood in urine or semen frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
You should speak with your doctor immediately if you have experienced any of the above symptoms or if you are a man over 50 who has not had a recent prostate cancer screening. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, or are an African-American male, you should consider screening at age 45.
A man with prostate cancer may or may not have symptoms. And the common symptoms of prostate cancer donít always mean the presence of the disease. However, a man who experiences one or more of the following symptoms, particularly if he is at higher risk for prostate cancer, should see his doctor.
Summary of prostate cancer symptoms
- Difficulty in starting to pass urine.
- Weak, sometimes intermittent flow of urine.
- Dribbling of urine before and after urinating.
- Frequent or urgent need to pass urine.
- Need to get up several times in the night to urinate.
- Feeling that the bladder is not completely empty.
- Rarely, blood in the urine.
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