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Dr. Green
Patients in the early stages of prostate cancer rarely show symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, patients may develop symptoms that are the same as for prostatitis or benign prostate hyperplasia. Dr. Jerman, can you tell us about some of these symptoms?

Dr. Jerman
Sure thing, Dr. Green. Symptoms of prostate conditions may include:

  • Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream
  • Urinary dribbling, especially immediately after urinating
  • Urinary retention
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pain with ejaculation
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain with bowel movement
  • Excessive urination at night
  • Incontinence or lack of bladder control
  • Bone pain or tenderness
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath, feeling very tired, fast heartbeat, dizziness, or pale skin caused by anemia
  • Unintentional weight loss, or
  • Lethargy, or a lack of energy

Keep in mind that most symptoms are more likely to be caused by a benign prostate condition, rather than cancer. However, be sure to let your provider know if you're experiencing any of these symptoms.