Prostate Cancer: Symptoms

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Prostate cancer usually doesn’t cause signs or symptoms early in the disease process; in the United States, it's most often diagnosed through a screening test that measures levels of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in the blood. The signs include an enlarged prostate gland that feels very hard, has irregularities and/or is asymmetrical. However, most men who are diagnosed as a result of a PSA test don’t have any physical abnormalities of the prostate gland. In general, a needle biopsy of the prostate is performed as a follow-up to the abnormal PSA test.

Report any of these symptoms to your doctor ASAP:

  • Urinary troubles (such as weakened or slowed urinary stream; painful urination; or frequent urination, especially at night)
  • Inability to urinate (acute urinary retention)
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Trouble achieving an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Back pain 
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Pain in the hips or the ribs
May 2013