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Prostate Cancer - Symptoms

Prostate cancer usually doesn't cause symptoms in its early stages. When there are symptoms, they may include:

  • Urinary problems, such as:
    • Not being able to urinate at all.
    • Having a hard time starting or stopping the flow of urine.
    • Having to urinate often, especially at night.
    • Having pain or burning during urination.
  • Difficulty having an erection.
  • Blood in your urine or semen.
  • Deep and frequent pain in your lower back, belly, hip, or pelvis.

Symptoms that may show that the cancer has spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body include:

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Understanding Prostate Cancer -- Prevention

There is no evidence that you can prevent prostate cancer. But you may be able to lower your risk. A diet that helps maintain a healthy weight may reduce your risk for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends: Limiting high-fat foods Cutting back on red meats, especially processed meats  such as hot dogs, bologna, and certain lunch meats Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day Healthy food choices also include bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and beans...

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  • Weight loss.
  • Bone pain, especially in the lower abdomen, hip, pelvis, or lower back.
  • Swelling in the legs and feet.

For more information about prostate cancer that has come back or spread, see the topic Prostate Cancer, Advanced or Metastatic.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2012
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