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What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer may not cause signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • Blood in your semen
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain

When Should I Go to See My Doctor?

he answer to this question is simple. Visit your physician and explain your situation whenever you first begin to experience any of these symptoms. This is especially true for any men that are over the age of 40 because the vast majority of prostate cancers are diagnosed after that age. It is also especially important for African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer to see their physicians as these two groups have much higher rates of prostate cancer.

The symptoms listed above are almost always abnormal and all need to be evaluated by a physician. This is especially true if these symptoms appear suddenly. Very simple examinations and laboratory tests can be put to use by your doctor to determine whether or not your symptoms are due to prostate cancer, another serious disease, or a less dangerous condition.

 

Are Most Men Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer After They Have Symptoms?

Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of men diagnosed with prostate cancer today have no symptoms when it is first detected. Because of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, most men have their prostate cancer detected before they have any significant symptoms. The PSA test is a simple blood test that detects a specific protein produced by the prostate. As the prostate enlarges, more of this protein is produced and more is detected by the PSA test.

Despite this fact, it is still vitally important that you see your physician if you begin experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above. Thousands of men are still diagnosed every year after they develop symptoms.