Symptoms and signs of prostate cancer

Prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. - as well as non-cancerousMalignant, a tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. prostate conditions - can cause certain tell-tale symptoms:

  • Needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night
  • Feeling an uncontrollable urge to urinate, perhaps leaking some urine
  • Difficulty in starting to urinate
  • Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
  • A weak flow or dribbling of urine
  • Feeling that you have not emptied your bladderThe organ that stores urine. fully
  • Pain when passing urine or ejaculating
  • New pain in the testicles, lower back, hips or pelvis
  • Problems getting or keeping an erectionThe enlarged, rigid state of the penis during sexual arousal.
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the semen

Exactly the same symptoms can be caused by other prostate conditions that are not cancerousMalignant, a tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPHAn abbreviation for benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is enlargement of the prostate that may cause difficulty in passing urine.) and prostatitis - so don't hesitate to report any unusual symptoms to your doctor.

Some men are diagnosed with prostate cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. after a routine test - without experiencing any symptoms at all.

Seeing the doctor

Many men feel embarrassed about discussing urinary problems with their doctor. Your doctor will be sensitive to this and will treat your concerns seriously. Even if you haven't got symptoms but are concerned about your prostate, ask for a check up.