About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

There are no obvious signs or symptoms of prostate cancer in its beginning stages. Many early stage prostate cancers are detected only through a digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing .
When the tumor becomes larger, symptoms may appear. They may include:
  • Frequent urination, including the need to get up often during the night to urinate
  • Hesitancy in starting the flow of urine or inability to urinate (urinary retention)
  • Loss of force of the stream of urine
  • Pain or discomfort while urinating
  • Impotence
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Back pain or bone pain that is new and unexplained by recent injury or increased activity
  • Incontinence of bowel or bladder contents
These symptoms can also be caused by other, less serious conditions and do not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. It is important, however, to see your doctor if you are having any of these symptoms.

References

Detailed guide: prostate cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org. Accessed October 9, 2008.

Prostate cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate. Accessed October 9, 2008.

Revision Information

Health Headlines
Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves, Study FindsView in a lightbox
CDC: All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be TrackedView in a lightbox
Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Now 'Free' of Virus, Family SaysView in a lightbox
Where Ebola Battles Are WonView in a lightbox
Hospital Study Offers Solutions to 'Alarm Fatigue'View in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices | Talks Your Health