Signs and Symptoms


Screening is the most common method of finding prostate cancer in early stages where the patient has not yet experienced any signs or symptoms In a screening, a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test or a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) is performed. If one is suspected to have cancer based on these two tests, more testing and close monitoring is needed in order to fully diagnose the patient. When prostate cancer begins to show itself in the form of symptoms, here are a few things one may experience:


  • Pain/burning during urination
  • Weak/Interrupted urine flow
  • Need to strain an empty bladder
  • Frequent Urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in seminal fluid
  • New acquisition of erectile dysfunction
  • Urinating frequently at night
  • Pain or discomfort when sitting as a result of an enlarged prostate

Just because you may be experiencing some of these symptoms it does not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. Some noncancerous conditions such as BPH (enlarged prostate) can cause similar symptoms, and urinary issues may be caused by an infection. Men without any of these symptoms could just as well have prostate cancer and not have the slightest hint. Either way, one should always receive regular screenings.


If cancer has spread outside the prostate gland, one may experience:


  • Change in bowel habits
  • Pain in the back, hips, shoulders, thighs, shoulders, or other bones
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling or edema in the legs or feet

If one or more of these symptoms looks like something you have been dealing with, do not hesitate to see a doctor. Your doctor will ask you how long you have been experiencing these symptoms among other questions to try and diagnose the root cause of these abnormalities.


If you are diagnosed with cancer, relieving symptoms is one of the top priorities. Be sure to inform your doctor if new symptoms arise, the old ones worsen, or if they change at any given point.

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