- What is prostate cancer?
- What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?
- Can prostate cancer be prevented?
- Finding prostate cancer early
- What tests can detect prostate cancer early?
- American Cancer Society recommendations for prostate cancer early detection
- If prostate cancer screening test results aren’t normal
- What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
- Insurance coverage for prostate cancer screening
- Additional resources
What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. But more advanced prostate cancers can sometimes cause symptoms, such as:
- Problems urinating, including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.
- Blood in the urine
- Trouble getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer spread to bones
- Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord.
Other conditions can also cause many of these same symptoms. For example, trouble urinating is much more often caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) than cancer. Still, it’s important to tell your doctor if you have any of these problems so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
Last Medical Review: 10/17/2014
Last Revised: 01/06/2015