Prostate Cancer Overview

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Early prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. It may be found with a screening test such as a PSA blood test or a digital rectal exam. Problems with urinating could be a sign of advanced prostate cancer, but more often this problem is caused by a less serious disease known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

Other possible symptoms of advanced prostate cancer are:

  • Trouble having or keeping an erection (impotence)
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the spine, hips, ribs, or other bones
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Once again, other diseases also can cause these symptoms.


Last Medical Review: 08/27/2013
Last Revised: 09/12/2014