What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
There are no warning signs of early prostate cancer. Once a tumor causes the prostate gland to swell, or once cancer spreads beyond the prostate, the following symptoms may happen:
-A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
-Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
-A weak or interrupted urinary stream
-Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
-Inability to urinate standing up
-A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
-Blood in urine or semen
These are not symptoms of the cancer itself; instead, they are caused by the blockage from the cancer growth in the prostate. They can also be caused by an enlarged, noncancerous prostate or by a urinary tract infection.
Symptoms of advanced prostate cancer include:
-Dull, deep pain or stiffness in the pelvis, lower back, ribs, or upper thighs; pain in the bones of those areas
-Loss of weight and appetite, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting
-Swelling of the lower extremities
-Weakness or paralysis in the lower limbs, often with constipation
Call Your Doctor About Prostate Cancer If:
You have trouble urinating or find that urination is painful or different from normal; your doctor should examine your prostate gland to determine whether it is enlarged, inflamed with an infection, or cancerous.