There are no obvious signs or symptoms of
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 urinateHesitancy in starting the flow of urine or inability to urinate—urinary retentionLoss of force of the stream of urinePain or discomfort while urinatingErectile dysfunctionPain with ejaculationBlood in the urine or semenBack pain or bone pain that is new and unexplained by recent injury or increased activity
Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
These symptoms can also be caused by other, less serious conditions and do not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. It is important, however, to see your doctor if you are having any of these symptoms.
American Cancer Society
website. Available at:
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003134-pdf.pdf. Accessed September 8, 2016.
Prostate cancer. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/genitourinary-cancer/prostate-cancer. Updated November 2013. Accessed September 8, 2016.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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