At an early stage of prostate cancer, there are usually no symptoms. Symptoms often appear once cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. When prostate cancer does cause symptoms or signs, it may include:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty urinating
- Pain during urination
- Loss of bladder control
- Painful during ejaculation
- Pressure or pain in the rectum
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis, or thighs
- Blood in urine or semen, but it is very rare
All these symptoms may resemble symptoms of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) – an enlargement of the prostate that are often seen in elderly men. As a result, it is difficult to distinguish between these two diseases and therefore early check-up is necessary to detect whether it is a prostate cancer or BPH.
If you have any symptoms above, see your doctor. Most of these symptoms are caused by enlarged prostate and can be treated easily if caught early.