Prostate Cancer: Symptoms


A man with prostate cancer may not have any signs or symptoms. Often, when symptoms do occur, they may not be due to cancer.  Benign growths (such as BPH), an infection or another health problem may cause them.

When men do have symptoms of prostate cancer, they may include any of the following.

  • Urinary problems, such as:
    • Not being able to urinate
    • Having a hard time starting or stopping the urine flow
    • Needing to urinate often, especially at night
    • Weak flow of urine
    • Urine flow that starts and stops
    • Pain or burning during urination
  • Difficulty having an erection
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Frequent pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

Note that if you do exhibit any of these symptoms, you should tell your doctor so that any potential problems can be diagnosed and treated.