Many men with prostate cancer have no noticeable symptoms. Often, the first sign of the disease is an abnormal finding on a routine screening exam. Or you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- a frequent urge or inability to urinate, or waking more frequently during the night to urinate
- trouble starting or holding back urine flow
- frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
- painful ejaculation or trouble having an erection
Experiencing these discomforts doesn’t necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. Some of these symptoms are also found in men with a noncancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, an enlargement of the prostate gland.
Speak with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms so that you can be sure to get a proper diagnosis and treatment if needed.