What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? | Ask a Nurse

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer? | Ask a Nurse


In the vast majority of cases men will have no symptoms from prostate cancer that is growing slowly. For some men where it is faster growing or perhaps it’s growing to somewhere else in the body, it could produce some urinary symptoms and these are things that men certainly should be aware of. The sort of symptoms to look out for would be if you’re having to get up in the night several times to empty your bladder which you hadn’t been doing previously. Or if you’re having to go a lot more during the day, and when you get there you’re perhaps having trouble starting, or your bladder you feel isn’t emptying properly and you’ve got some dribbling afterwards. All of these things are certainly symptoms which are more usually due to quite common conditions such as bladder problems, or even an enlarging prostate, but in some cases it can be due to prostate cancer and we would always say it’s more sensible just to go and get these checked from your GP. Where prostate cancer has grown outside the prostate, it will move to the bones in that situation commonly, and that can give rise to different symptoms such as a long standing pain in a particular area, whether its at the bottom of your back or your pelvic bones, again there are other more common reasons why you’re likely to have those pains especially in older men with conditions such as arthritis for example. Less common symptoms that can sometimes arise with prostate cancer is if men notice blood in their urine or blood in their semen, and again these can be due to other more common conditions such as a urine infection or even an infection in the prostate itself, but it can happen due to prostate cancer and again it’s best just to get those checked. Or if you’d find it easier to talk to one of the helpline nurses then give us a ring on the helpline and we’ll certainly be happy to discuss it with you.