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What Are the Five Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers that men face. While prostate cancer rarely produces obvious symptoms in its early stages, there are a few signs that may signal something is wrong in the prostate. 

Here are five potential warning signs of prostate cancer:

  • A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
  • Frequent urination, particularly at night
  • Difficulty stopping or starting urination
  • Sudden erectile dysfunction
  • Blood in urine or semen

Other possible early signs of prostate cancer include unusually weak urine flow and unexplained pain around the prostate while sitting. If the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland, men may experience swelling in the lower body, back or hip pain, abnormal bowel habits or unexplained weight loss.

It is important to note that the signs of prostate cancer are also shared by many other, less-serious conditions. If you are displaying one or more of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. Similarly, a man who is diagnosed with prostate cancer may not have any of these symptoms.

What should I do if I have prostate cancer symptoms?

If you are displaying one or more signs of prostate cancer, be sure to promptly consult with a physician. Even benign (noncancerous) prostate conditions like prostate enlargement warrant timely medical attention, so don’t delay seeking treatment. And, like most other malignancies, prostate cancer is usually more easily treated when it is detected at an early stage.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide a full range of diagnostic testing for prostate cancer. Our Urologic Oncology Program includes a multispecialty team that focuses exclusively on evaluating and treating prostate cancer. Contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to speak with one of our specialized oncologists about your symptoms. A referral is not necessary to visit our cancer center.