Prostate Cancer


Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms. When prostate cancer symptoms do occur, they may include some of the following problems:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night;
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine;
  • Inability to urinate;
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine;
  • Painful or burning urination;
  • Painful ejaculation;
  • Blood in urine or semen; and/or
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.

Any of these potential prostate cancer symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious health problems, such as BPH or an infection. Only a doctor can tell if these symptoms are the result of prostate cancer. A man who experiences any of these potential symptoms of prostate cancer should see his family doctor or a urologist (a doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the genitourinary system). Do not wait to feel pain; early prostate cancer does not cause pain.

Learn more about the different prostate cancer symptoms from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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