Men usually don’t experience prostate cancer symptoms until later stages of the disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and Ireland. Approximately 40,000 men are diagnosed with it each year, most commonly among older men. If cancer develops on the prostate gland, it is likely to grow slowly. In rare cases, the cancer cells may be more aggressive and grow fast, spreading to other parts of your body. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the higher the chances are of finding successful treatment.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and Ireland.
- Prostate Cancer Symptoms
- Mark's Story
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
If you do experience symptoms, you may notice some of the following signs:
- A pain or burning sensation during urination
- Difficulty starting urination
- Interrupted or weak flow of urine
- Urinating a lot more frequently than usual, especially at night
- Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
- Pain during ejaculation
- Notice blood in your urine or semen
- Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that won’t go away
These symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, but if you are experiencing any of these signs, make an appointment to see your doctor. These could easily be signs of other noncancerous conditions such as BPH (an enlarged prostate), an infection or another condition.
Prostate cancer usually develops quietly early on. Oftentimes, if a man experiences prostate cancer symptoms, his disease has reached a more advanced stage.
To make things a little more complicated, prostate cancer symptoms can mimic those of other, noncancerous problems, so it’s important to check your PSA levels regularly (order a home PSA test here) to check for abnormalities, or visit your physician and find the root cause.
Keep in mind that a PSA test won’t tell you if you have prostate cancer, but it will tell you if the level of PSA (prostate specific antigen) in your blood is raised, which may indicate a problem with your prostate. In this case, you would need to see your doctor for further testing.
“I had no symptoms, everything was fine”
46 year old New South Wales resident, Mark Hore, shared his experience with cancer with the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Society.
“In 2012 my sinuses were playing up, I used to have trouble all the time. So I made an appointment with my doctor to get them looked at. While I was there I realised that I hadn’t had a men’s health check in about 18 months, so I made another appointment for a few days later.”
Mark remembers vividly getting the phone call from the doctor’s surgery while he was at work. “The woman told me that the doctor had picked up something in my blood test. My heart fell into my stomach.” After a few more follow up tests, Mark was told he had prostate cancer.
After a successful surgery, Mark says his close friends all went for a check-up. Luckily they were all clear. Mark realized then that all it takes is for one person to say that early detection saved their life.
“That’s the biggest issue – men just don’t know about prostate cancer. I had no symptoms, everything was fine.”
Urologist Stacy Loeb, MD, a prostate cancer expert with NYU Langone Medical Center, says “most prostate cancer is currently identified through screening of asymptomatic men. Prostate cancer symptoms are typically non-existent until it is advanced. This is why screening is so important to identify prostate cancer at an early stage within the window of curability.”
Learn more about testing for prostate cancer with Dr. Dominic Rowley:
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Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley