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Symptoms

 

Prostate cancer often has no symptoms, particularly in the early stages.

Some men may never have any symptoms or problems from the disease. Some types of prostate cancer can be slow growing and may not become a serious threat to your health. Whereas others are a faster growing and aggressive form and can be more harmful.

You are more likely to get symptoms if and when your cancer grows in the prostate gland and narrows the urethra. Symptoms then include problems urinating such as difficulty in starting to pass urine, a weak, sometimes intermittent flow of urine, dribbling of urine before and after urinating, a frequent or urgent need to pass urine or a need to get up several times in the night to urinate; a feeling that your bladder is not completely empty; pain when you orgasm; rarely, blood in the urine

These symptoms are similar to those produced by a common non cancerous disease where the prostate becomes enlarged (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should visit your GP for advice. If prostate cancer is found early, it can often be cured.

If prostate cancer spreads to other parts of your body, other symptoms can develop. The most common site for prostate cancer to spread to is one or more bones, especially the lower back, pelvis and hips. These bones can become painful and tender.