Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
There are no obvious signs or symptoms of prostate cancer in its beginning stages. Many early stage prostate cancers are detected only through a digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing . When the tumor becomes larger, symptoms may appear. They may include:
- Frequent urination, including the need to get up often during the night to urinate
- Hesitancy in starting the flow of urine or inability to urinate (urinary retention)
- Loss of force of the stream of urine
- Pain or discomfort while urinating
- Pain with ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Back pain or bone pain that is new and unexplained by recent injury or increased activity
- Incontinence of bowel or bladder contents
Detailed guide: prostate cancer. American Cancer Societywebsite. Available at: http://www.cancer.org. Accessed October 9, 2008.
Prostate cancer. National Cancer Institutewebsite. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate. Accessed October 9, 2008.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014
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