Prostate cancer screening

Prostate cancer symptoms

Any of these problems can be prostate cancer symptoms:

  • a need to urinate often, especially at night
  • difficulty starting urination or holding back urine (urinary hesitancy)
  • inability to urinate
  • weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • painful urination
  • difficulty in having an erection (erection problems)
  • painful ejaculation
  • blood in urine or semen
  • frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

What may be prostate cancer symptoms can also be caused by other, less serious health problems, such as enlarged prostate. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you see a doctor right away.

Early symptoms of prostate cancer

Early prostate cancer often does not have symptoms. For that reason, it is important for men to have regular checkups so that their doctors can detect it early when it is more easily treated.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prostate Cancer, can-ahc-14188 (3/02)
Reviewed By: Lisa Hiedeman, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program; Heather Christie, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program
First Published: 03/01/2009
Last Reviewed: 09/22/2009

Prostate cancer screening

The earlier cancer is found, the more successful cancer treatment can be. This makes prostate cancer screening important to a man's general health.

If a family member has had prostate cancer or if you are African American, we recommend starting annual prostate cancer screeningsat age 40. For others, annual screening should begin at 45 to 50 years.

Contact your primarycare provider about when you should be screened for prostate cancer.

Genetic counseling

Worried about inheriting prostate cancer or passing it on? Our genetic counselors can help.