Prostate Cancer: Signs & Symptoms

Signs & symptoms of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer effects 1 in 8 men during their lifetime, and different men experience different symptoms. Many men with early stage prostate cancer experience no symptoms at all.

Localised, early stage, prostate cancer – confined within the prostate - often doesn’t cause any symptoms. Symptoms can develop over many years. The most common signs of a prostate problem (though not necessarily cancer) are urinary problems. These include:

  • Needing to urinate frequently, including at night

  • Difficulty starting to urinate

  • A weak flow of urine

  • Difficulty emptying the bladder completely

  • Taking a long time to finish urinating

  • A sudden urgency to urinate

  • Loss of bladder control

  • Pain when urinating

Less common symptoms include

  • Pain during ejaculation

  • Pain in the back, hips, chest or pelvis, which doesn’t go away

  • Weakness of numbness in the legs and feet

  • Blood in the urine or semen

  • Problems maintaining an erection

Although all these symptoms can indicate a problem w