Prostate Cancer Reviewed by Doctors Reviewed by Dr Wong Siew Wei

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Signs and Symptoms of prostate cancer

The symptoms of prostate cancer might not show in the early stages. Most patients with early-stage prostate cancers in fact do not experience any symptoms. Typically, any symptoms may be quite common and can be related to other illnesses. However, doctors recommend men to look out for the following warning flags which may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. This is especially if there is recent onset of symptoms, or there is worsening or pre-existing symptoms.

Common Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

  • Difficulty in urinating, including a slow or decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Frequent and/or urgent urination, especially at night (Nocturia)
  • Trouble getting an erection (Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED)
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Bone pain (due to cancer spreading to bones)
  • Lower limbs feeling weak
  • Lower limbs swollen

Prostate Cancer  Symptoms Might Be Due to Other Illnesses But It Pays To Be Cautious

Most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by other conditions than prostate cancer. For example, difficulty urinating is much more often caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous growth of the prostate. Some of these symptoms might also be caused by other more common conditions such as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or Urinary stones. However, if a male individual has a couple of the above symptoms even to a mild degree, then it is still recommended that he gets checked for prostate cancer as in majority of cases prostate cancer is not diagnosed until the cancer has spread. This can substantially compromise the overall prognosis for the patient.

If any of the above symptoms persists or is bothering you, do consult with a doctor for a medical review and discussion.

[Updated 12 Aug 22]

Reviewed by Dr Wong Siew Wei - Singapore Oncologist
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This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.