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Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Most of the time prostate cancer is detected before a man develops symptoms, with approximately 85 percent of prostate cancers detected by abnormalities in either blood work, prostate-specific antigen screening test or by rectal exam. As prostate cancer becomes more advanced, it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty with urination, including a slow, weak or interrupted flow
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • Increased urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Erectile dysfunction (loss of ability to have an erection)
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Pain or stiffness in the hips, lower back, ribs or upper thighs, in advanced cases

Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms above. Because these symptoms can also indicate the presence of other diseases or disorders, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostatitis, men will undergo a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause.


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