Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
by Elliot Smith, May 8, 2020

Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men. Importantly men may remain asymptomatic until later stages of the disease. It is important however, to become familiar with prostate cancer symptoms. These symptoms are not definitive and may be symptoms of a related condition. The information presented here is intended to be informative and should not replace assessment by an expert clinician.

Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer

Advanced prostate cancer has the most definitive symptoms. These symptoms may be present alongside general symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended that you inform a clinician as soon as possible.

Symptoms

  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Lower back or pelvic pain
  • Bone pain
  • Unexpected weight loss

General Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Less advanced prostate cancer may still cause some men to experience symptoms. These symptoms typically have a lot of overlap with other related conditions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended that you discuss them with an expert clinician. Discussion with an expert in prostate cancer will help to differentiate between prostate cancer and other possible conditions.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty passing urine
  • An interrupted or slow flow of urine
  • The need to urinate frequently including during the night (nocturia)
  • Incontinence
  • Discomfort when urinating

Symptoms of Early Prostate Cancer

Early prostate cancer is typically asymptomatic. Many prostate cancers remain localised in the early stages. Detection of these cancers, and determination of their risk and the need to intervene is only possible through a comprehensive clinical analysis. This analysis should be personalised to the individual seeking testing.

“Prostate cancer is one of the most asymptomatic cancers in oncology.” – pcf.org

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Related Conditions

There are a number of conditions which have overlapping symptoms with prostate cancer. A selection of those conditions have been listed here. Overlapping symptoms have been highlighted.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Also referred to as prostate enlargement, BPH is a non cancerous enlargement of the prostate. As the prostate grows it may put pressure on the urethra or bladder which is why it is associated with numerous urinary symptoms.

Symptoms

  • The need to urinate frequently including during the night (nocturia)
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • An interrupted or slow flow of urine
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Dribbling at the end of urination

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

A UTI is an infection present in the urinary system. This can involve the kidneys, bladder and urethra. It it treatable, after a clinical diagnosis, through the use of antibiotics.

Symptoms

  • Pain when urinating
  • The need to urinate frequently
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen
  • Feeling shaky or tired
  • Chills or Fever
  • Dark, cloudy or strange smelling urine

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate. It can be both acute and chronic and has multiple sub-classifications. It can be caused through infection, injury or an immune system disorder. Determination of the correct type of prostatitis and the appropriate treatment requires medical diagnosis.

Symptoms

  • Pain when urinating or ejaculating
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • The need to urinate frequently including during the night (nocturia)
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain the the lower back, groin or abdomen
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pain or discomfort of the penis or testicles
  • Flu-like symptoms