Prostate cancer may not cause symptoms in its early stages. If it is more advanced, it may cause:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the semen
- General pain in the lower back, hips or thighs
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
You should see your doctor if you have any symptoms that concern you.
A Word About Screening
There is controversy among medical organizations regarding the benefits and risks of screening for prostate cancer, the so-called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. This has caused confusion among many men. In the past, an annual test was encouraged by doctors, but the test yielded many false-positive or false-negative results. It was also found that many men were treated unnecessarily for tumors that were so small they would never have become a problem during their lifetimes.
It’s now recommended that you talk with your doctor about prostate cancer screening and decide together what’s best for you.