Prostate Cancer Symptoms

As medical technology has advance over the years the detection of prostate cancers has improved remarkably. It is often the case that men are diagnosed with the condition long before any physical prostate cancer symptoms are present. The use of the following prostate cancer screening techniques have helped to increase survival rates dramatically.

Urinary Symptoms

Perhaps the most common forms of symptoms of prostate cancer are related to the urinary. As men age the prostate increases in size and urinary flow is often affected. Prostatic hyperplasia is the term that is used for an increase in bladder size. This hyperplasia often leads to a block of the bladder; this can result in difficulties in urinating.

Although urinary symptoms can be related to cancer it is important to realise that not all urinary problems are related to prostate cancer. Some of the more common things that a man may consult a doctor about include weak urination, painful urination, an inability to urinate and blood in the urine. Blood in the urine is normally a symptom of something other than prostate cancer. However, in people who do have prostate cancer the presence of blood in the urine may be an indicator that the condition is advanced and has spread from the prostate and into the bladder or urethra.


Inflammation of the prostate can commonly cause the presence of blood in male sexual discharges; only occasionally is this a symptom of prostate cancer.

E rectile Dysfunction

This term is used to describe when it is difficult to get and/or maintain an erection. This is often not related to prostate cancer, but the condition is routinely tested for in people suffering from e rectile dysfunction. This is because the nerves that are involved in maintaining an erection can often be affected by prostate cancer. Priapism may also occur in suffers, in this case the spread of the tumour causes the nerves to produce a sustained and painful erection.

Other prostate cancer symptoms

There are many other symptoms of the condition that can be used for prostate cancer prognosis; these include abdominal pain caused by the prostate cancer invading the rectum; weight loss; tiredness; back and pelvic pain; pain/numbness in the legs. Other prostate cancer symptoms may include clotting disorders, nausea, vomiting and digestive problems and mental disorders.

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