Prostate Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Early prostate cancer may not cause noticeable symptoms and may be discovered during a routine digital rectal examination (DRE).

Symptoms of prostate cancer are often similar to those of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, enlarged prostate). Men observing the following signs and/or symptoms should see their physician for a thorough examination.

  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Inability to urinate
  • Nagging pain or stiffness in the back, hips, upper thighs, or pelvis
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Pain or burning during urination (dysuria)
  • Weak or interrupted urinary flow

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 09 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015