Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

There are other prostate conditions which share symptoms with prostate cancer. It is important that you see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed on this page.

Early prostate cancer generally does not exhibit any symptoms. Oftentimes, an initial diagnosis is made by a doctor during an annual exam of the prostate. Men who do experience symptoms will generally notice changes in urinary and sexual function. These types of changes warrant a visit with your physician to determine the cause. Symptoms may include*,**:

  • A frequent urge to urinate, especially during the night
  • Difficulty controlling urine flow (difficulty starting to urinate or holding back the urine flow)
  • A weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Difficulty achieving/maintaining an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the semen or urine
  • Prolonged pain in the hips, back or chest (indicating metastasis to the bones)
  • Weakness or numbness in legs and feet

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