Prostate cancer symptoms may not show up at all in the early stages of this disease. Prostate cancer is often only detected when symptoms of other cancers emerge as a result of cancer spreading from the prostate gland.
However, it’s important to note that any signs of prostate cancer may be identical to other prostate problems. Therefore, it’s important that an accurate medical diagnosis of any set of prostate cancer sypmtoms is sought as soon as possible.
Recognizing Signs of Prostate Cancer Symptoms
As prostate cancer grows the tumor can put pressure on the urethra. Signs of prostate cancer symptoms, when they emerge, therefore may include any of the following:
- Difficult to start or stop urinating.
- Frequent urination at night.
- Urgent need to urinate.
- Weak or intermittent urine flow.
- Burning or painful urination.
- Blood or pus in urine or semen.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Pain or discomfort in the lower back, pelvis, hips or upper thighs.
Be aware that these signs of prostate cancer can also be caused by other conditions, unrelated to the prostate gland (eg. urinary tract infection, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), and sexually transmitted diseases).