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Prostate Cancer - Symptoms

There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. As most prostate cancers are slow growing, many men reach old age or pass away without knowing that they have prostate cancer. Most men discover they have prostate cancer during routine medical check-ups or through blood tests.

Symptoms, which typically occur in more advanced prostate cancer may include:

  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Increased urinary frequency, especially at night
  • Weak, interrupted urinary stream
  • Burning or pain during urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the back (spine), hips, chest (ribs), pelvis or other bony areas
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs and difficulty walking
  • Difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels

When to see a doctor

The symptoms above can be caused by a number of reasons and may not indicate the presence of prostate cancer. However, make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.