Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer experience no symptoms and most early-stage prostate cancers are discovered during routine screening, such as a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA) or digital rectal exam (DRE).

If the tumor becomes larger, the following symptoms may appear.

  • 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 indicate a noncancerous condition, such as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your family physician or a urologist.

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