Symptoms

Most cases of early prostate cancer cause no symptoms. Routine tests usually lead to detection. As the disease progresses, the tumor grows larger and may place pressure on surrounding organs. This pressure can result in symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty starting or holding back urine
  • Frequent urination, especially during the night
  • Inability to urinate
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Impotence
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

An infection or condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the abnormal growth of benign prostate cells, also may cause these symptoms.