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Prostate cancer: what are the symptoms?

If unsure, it is a good idea to get any symptoms checked out by your GP. Credit: PA

According to Prostate Cancer UK most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms.

"If you do notice changes in the way you urinate, this is more likely to be a sign of another health problem, but it’s still a good idea to get it checked out."

– Prostate Cancer UK

What changes might you notice?

  • difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
  • a weak flow when you urinate
  • a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
  • dribbling urine after you finish urinating
  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • a sudden urge to urinate – you may sometimes leak before you get to the toilet

As prostate cancer develops, you may notice symptoms including:

  • back pain
  • hip pain or pelvis pain
  • problems getting or keeping an erection
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • unexplained weight loss.

Prostate Cancer UK says these symptoms can also be caused by other things that aren’t prostate cancer, but it is still a good idea to get any symptoms checked out by your GP.

Where can I find more information?