In most cases, prostate cancer symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for each man and any one of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions. As a result, routine screenings in the form of digital rectal exams (DRE) and prostate specific androgen (PSA) tests are important.
Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms. But there are some things that may mean you're more likely to get prostate cancer. You might hear these described as risk factors.
- • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, some- times urgently
- • Difficulty starting or holding back urination
- • Weak, dribbling, or interrupted flow of urine
- • Painful or burning urination
- • Difficulty in having an erection
- • A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
- • Painful ejaculation
- • Blood in the urine or semen
- • Pressure or pain in the rectum
- • Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs