Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

In its early stages, prostate cancer often doesn't cause any symptoms. That's why it's important for men at risk of prostate cancer have regular checkups, including a digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. As prostate cancer becomes more advanced, it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty with urination, including a slow, weak or interrupted flow
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • Increased urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Erectile dysfunction (loss of ability to have an erection)
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Pain or stiffness in the hips, lower back, ribs or upper thighs, in advanced cases

These symptoms can often be caused by other conditions. Contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.