What are the early warning symptoms of prostate cancer? Usually there aren’t any. Truly, there are no early warning symptoms for prostate cancer. That’s why screening is such an important topic.
Why no symptoms? For many years, the disease is silent.
Symptoms can include:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night; sometimes 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
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
What about difficulty in having an erection? Again, this is most likely not caused by cancer, but by something else, such as diabetes, smoking, cardiovascular disease, or just plain getting older.
That said: Symptoms are symptoms, and no matter what’s causing them, you should get them checked out by a doctor.
Signup for the Newletter
Stay informed about the latest research in prostate cancer.
Terms to know from this article:
Checking for disease when there are no symptoms.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
benign prostatic hyperplasia (or hypertrophy) (BPH): benign (non-cancerous) condition in which an overgrowth of prostate tissue pushes against the urethra and the bladder, blocking the flow of urine.
prostate-specific antigen (PSA): A substance produced by the prostate that may be found in an increased amount in the blood of men who have prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, or infection or inflammation of the prostate.
see benign prostatic hyperplasia
Early Detection and Screening
The question of screening is a personal and complex one. It’s important for each man to talk with his doctor about whether prostate cancer..
The ultimate goal is to prevent men from developing prostate cancer. Although significant progress has been made and genetic and environmental risk factors for..
Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men. There are many factors that influence one's risk of developing..