One of the most common types of cancer in men, prostate cancer can be successfully treated if detected early. Although prostate cancer may not show signs in its early stages, here are some of the more common symptoms.
- Step 1: See a doctor if you have any symptoms that you are concerned about. Many medical organizations recommend that men in their fifties discuss prostate cancer screenings with their doctors, including digital rectal examinations and blood tests.
- FACT: In 2006, 203,415 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
- Step 2: Take pain seriously. Deep bone pain, or pain in the back, hips, thighs, or pelvic region are possible signs of advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.
- Step 3: Be aware that swelling of the legs could be caused by prostate cancer.
- TIP: Most of these symptoms can occur in men with non-cancerous or benign enlargement of the prostate.
- Step 4: Look for the presence of blood in your urine or in your semen. The prostate is a gland that produces seminal fluid, which feeds and transports sperm, so painful ejaculation may also be a symptom.
- Step 5: Watch for trouble urinating. A decreased force in the stream of urine, difficulty initiating or stopping a urine stream, or painful urination may be warning signs.