Unfortunately, there usually aren’t any early warning signs for prostate cancer.
The growing tumor usually does not push against anything to cause pain, so for many years the disease may be silent.
Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may be asking yourself if there were warning signs or symptoms you should have noticed earlier. Unfortunately, there usually aren’t any early warning signs for prostate cancer. The growing tumor usually does not push against anything to cause pain, so for many years the disease may be silent. That’s why screening for prostate cancer is such an important topic for all men and their families. In rare cases, prostate cancer can cause symptoms that include:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night, sometimes urgently
- Difficulty starting or holding back urination
- Weak, dribbling, or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Pressure or pain in the rectum
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
- A decrease in the amount of fluid ejaculated
Keep in mind that urinary symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have cancer. Prostatitis and BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, also known as enlargement of the prostate) are common and benign diseases that can cause similar symptoms.
What about difficulty in having an erection? Again, this is most likely not caused by prostate cancer but by other factors such as diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, medications, or aging.
Remember: Symptoms are symptoms, and no matter what’s most likely to be causing them, you should get them checked out by a doctor.
To learn more, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation at PCF.org.