Prostate Cancer Symptoms

What Are The Early Signs of Prostate Cancer?

There are no warning signs of early prostate cancer. You can’t feel the growing tumor pushing against anything else, so there’s no pain. You can have the disease and not know it for years. That’s why regular prostate cancer screenings are so important.

What Are The Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Once a tumor causes the prostate gland to swell, or once cancer spreads beyond the prostate, the following symptoms may happen:

  • The need to pee often, especially at night
  • Trouble starting or stopping a stream of urine
  • A weak stream, or one that starts and stops
  • Leaking when you laugh or cough
  • Not being able to pee standing up
  • Pain or burning when you pee
  • Pain or burning when you ejaculate
  • Less fluid when you ejaculate
  • Blood in your pee or semen
  • Pressure or pain in your rectum
  • Pain or stiffness in your lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
  • A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
  • New trouble getting an erection

These aren’t symptoms of the cancer itself. They result from the cancer growth blocking your prostate. Other causes include an enlarged, noncancerous prostate or a urinary tract infection.

What Are the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer?

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
  • Bowel problems

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.
  • You have chronic pain in your lower back, pelvis, upper thighbones, or other bones. Pain in these areas can be caused by different things, including the spread of prostate cancer.
  • You have unexplained weight loss.
  • You have swelling in your legs.
  • You have weakness in your legs or a hard time walking, especially if you also have constipation.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

Sources

SOURCES: 

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Signs.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Advanced prostate cancer: Managing symptoms.”

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.

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