Prostate cancer is a cancer that forms in the prostate, a gland in a man’s reproductive system. It is typically a slow-growing cancer that most often occurs in older men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men.
Prostate cancer symptoms
While there are typically no symptoms of prostate cancer in its early stages, some signs can include the following:
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Difficulty having an erection
- Frequent pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs
- Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
- Pain and difficulty urinating
- Weak flow of urine and urine flow that starts and stops
Having these symptoms does not mean you have prostate cancer. Other conditions have similar symptoms. Your doctor can help you determine the root of your problem.
Prostate cancer: what you should know
- It is rare to develop prostate cancer under age 40. But as you age, your risk for developing it increases.
- When detected early, prostate cancer is highly curable.
- Getting screened for prostate cancer is the best way to detect prostate cancer early because there are typically no symptoms of prostate cancer in its early stages.
- You should start getting screened for prostate cancer regularly starting at age 50. Your primary care doctor or urologist will perform a digital rectal exam and a blood test that detects elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
How can I get help for prostate cancer?
If your primary care doctor finds that you have elevated PSA levels and recommends further testing and evaluation, Chicago prostate cancer specialists at Rush can diagnose the cancer and determine your treatment plan.