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What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. By the time symptoms develop, the cancer may have spread outside the prostate. Then, it’s harder to treat. These are the symptoms that occur when they do develop:

  • A need to urinate often, especially at night

  • Weak or interrupted urine flow

  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine

  • Loss of bladder control

  • An inability to urinate

  • Painful or burning urination

  • Painful ejaculation

  • Blood in your urine or semen

  • Pain or stiffness in your lower back, hips, or upper thighs

  • Loss of ability to have an erection

These symptoms may be caused by prostate cancer or by other, less serious conditions. It’s important to check with a doctor to be sure.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Berry, Judith, PhD, APRN
Last Review Date: 8/23/2012
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