Prostate Cancer | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer, especially in its early stages, often does not have any symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to appear as the cancer grows.

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Less force to the stream of urine
  • Dribbling after you finish urinating
  • A need to urinate often, especially at night
  • Pain while urinating
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Difficulty starting or maintaining an erection
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvis and upper thighs
  • Unintended weight loss and/or loss of appetite


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Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 08/12
Created: 01/99