In its early stages prostate cancer often has no symptoms, so most men are not even aware they have prostate cancer. Often, their primary care physician finds it in a routine physical. One typical symptom, however, is difficulty in urination. Urination conditions that can lead to a prostate cancer diagnosis include:
- Inability to urinate
- Delayed starting or stopping in urine flow
- Frequent urination
- Blood in urine or semen
- Burning or pain with urination
- Back/belly/hip/ pelvis pain
- Difficulty in achieving an erection
Deviations from routine urination can also be a symptom of an enlarged prostate which is a common urology disorder for older men.
Our Urology doctors identify prostate cancer with:
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- A digital rectal exam.
- A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Elevated PSA numbers can indicate prostate cancer. They can also identify a prostate infection or an enlargement.
- If further testing is needed, your doctor may take prostate tissues samples and send them to a lab for further testing (prostate biopsy).