What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Expert Opinion published on January 13, 2012 in Symptoms
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Dan Zenka, APR
Senior Vice President, Communications
The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate Cancer Patient and Advocate
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

When it comes to symptoms for prostate cancer, this is very tricky for patients. Prostate cancer is often asymptomatic, meaning there are no symptoms. The patient does not recognize anything to be wrong or possibly going wrong in their bodies.

Some of the symptoms are:

  • Frequent urination – well as a man ages, he might chalk this up to “I am over 50 I expect to be going to the bathroom a little bit more.”
  • Painful urination or blood in the urine – well I think that would actually signal a patient to see their physician and investigate the problem
  • Painful ejaculation or blood in the semen – that would also be a signal to send a patient to their physician

But the other symptoms, like lower back pain, how many of us have said “Oh, I’ve got back pain, I probably worked in the yard too long.” So one needs to be very aware of their body, understand these are possible symptoms for prostate cancer and have it in the back of their minds as they age forward.

Last modified: February 7, 2012
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