The Importance of Prostate Cancer Testing: Know Your Number
Background: Overview of Prostate Cancer What are the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Many men who have prostate cancer will not experience any abnormal signs or symptoms. This is one of the key reasons why it is important to test for the disease in all men (see the section on recommendations for testing for the appropriate age to be tested), not just those who come to their doctors with concerns or symptoms.

Some men, however, will experience some changes that are due to the disease. The most common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer are:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Inability to urinate or difficulty starting or stopping urine flow
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen

It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions affecting the bladder, prostate and/or other components of the urinary tract. If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor will want to conduct the right tests to figure out what it is that’s causing the problem(s).