What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Men with early prostate cancer may not have any symptoms as these only occur when the cancer is large enough to put pressure on the urethra or disturb bladder function. But some symptoms may be the same as those for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH ), an enlargement of the prostate gland which is common in older men. These are:

  • Needing to urinate often, especially at night
  • Difficulty in starting to urinate
  • Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
  • Pain when urinating or ejaculating

More advanced prostate cancer may cause pain in the lower back, hips or pelvis, and less commonly, blood in the urine.

Some prostate cancers grow slowly and may not cause problems. Others grow quickly and need early treatment. If you are worried about any of the above symptoms, you should go and see your doctor.