Most of the time prostate cancer is detected before a man develops symptoms. About 85% of prostate cancers are detected because of abnormailites in either bloodwork (PSA screening test) or by rectal exam (Physician feels an abnormality)
Rarely men do experience symptoms that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer and that include:
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Difficulty in having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms above.
Because these symptoms can also indicate the presence of other diseases or disorders, such as BPH or prostatitis, men will undergo a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause.