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Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Risks

Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers for all men.

During the early stages, prostate cancer usually doesn't cause any symptoms. That's why it is very important for men who may be at risk of developing prostate cancer to get screened.

When prostate cancer becomes more advanced, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Blood in urine
  • Trouble with urination, including a slow, weak or interrupted flow
  • Difficulty starting to urinate
  • Increased urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Feeling weak or numb in the legs or feet
  • Erectile dysfunction (loss of ability to have an erection)
  • Losing control of bladder or bowels
  • Pain or stiffness in the hips, lower back, ribs, or upper thighs

These symptoms may also be caused by other conditions. It is important to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss these conditions and get an accurate diagnosis.

Risk Factors

The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but certain factors can increase your risk of developing this type of cancer. Risk factors include:

  • Age: Men age 50 and older are at a higher risk for prostate cancer
  • Race: Prostate cancer tends to be more common in African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry compared to other races.
  • Family History: There appears to be a genetic component to prostate cancer. If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, your risk of developing is also higher.