Prostate Cancer Overview

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Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Men with early prostate cancer often have no symptoms. The cancer may be found with a screening test such as a PSA blood test or a digital rectal exam. But more advanced prostate cancers can sometimes cause symptoms, such as:

  • Problems urinating or holding in urine
  • Trouble having or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • 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

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. Tell your doctor if you have any of these problems so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.


Last Medical Review: 01/09/2015
Last Revised: 01/30/2015