Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer usually has no symptoms. This is why screening with the PSA blood test is very important. The PSA remains the best way to diagnose prostate cancer as early as possible.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

When men experience symptoms, they usually include the following:

  • Weak or interrupted (“stop-and-go”) flow of urine
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Frequent urination (especially at night)
  • Trouble starting the flow of urine
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • A pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away

These symptoms are similar to another non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate that can occur as a man ages. The prostate may get bigger and block the urethra or bladder, causing trouble urinating or sexual problems. Although it is not cancer, surgery may be needed.