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Prostate Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. By the time symptoms start, the cancer may have spread outside the prostate. When that happens, it’s harder to treat.

These are the symptoms that can occur:

  • A need to urinate often, especially at night

  • Weak or interrupted urine flow

  • Trouble starting to urinate

  • Trouble emptying the bladder

  • Being unable to urinate

  • Accidental urination

  • Painful or burning when you urinate

  • Blood in your urine or semen

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

  • Loss of ability to have an erection

  • Weakness or numbness in legs or feet

When to see your health care provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your health care provider if you have these symptoms. Only a health care provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/23/2015
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