Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in American men and is the most common cancer found in men (other than skin cancer). Unfortunately, prostate cancer often has few or no symptoms, especially in its early stages. This is why yearly screening is so important.
If you show any of the symptoms of prostate cancer, you need to be checked by your doctor immediately. Remember, prostate cancer has a high survival rate if detected and treated early.
The symptoms of prostate cancer depend on the size of the tumor and how far the cancer has spread. Symptoms to watch for include:
- A frequent and urgent need to urinate
- Decreased force and size of urine stream
- A slow starting urine stream, dribbling, and feelings of incomplete emptying
- A pain or a burning sensation during urination
- Blood or pus in urine or semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Pain in the lower back, hips or thighs