Prostate Cancer Symptoms

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

There are usually no specific signs or symptoms of early prostate cancer - which is why prostate cancer screening is so important. An annual physical examination, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) provide the best chance of identifying prostate cancer in its earliest stages.The following are the most common symptoms of prostate cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • urinating often (especially at night)
  • difficulty urinating or holding back urine
  • inability to urinate
  • pain or burning when urinating
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • nagging pain in the back, hips, or pelvis
  • difficulty having an erection

The symptoms of prostate cancer may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.As a man gets older, his prostate may grow bigger and obstruct the flow of urine, or interfere with sexual function. An enlarged prostate gland - a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia - may require treatment with medicine or surgery to relieve symptoms. This common benign prostate condition, which is not cancer, can cause many of the same symptoms as prostate cancer.Contact Renee Sevy-Hasterok, Patient Navigator at the Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph's at (678) 843-5665 or renee.sevy@emoryhealthcare.org to learn more about prostate cancer symptoms.Learn more>> benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer screenings.

Information on this page is provided collaboratively by the team at the Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph's and has been medically reviewed by Peter J. Rossi, MD, 2012. Claims regarding treatment are based on years of clinical experience and industry reported data. The PCC follows American Urological Association and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of prostate cancer.