Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. The risk for prostate cancer starts to increase after age 50. At the same time, other prostate problems including BPH or enlarged prostate cause symptoms that are similar to symptoms caused by prostate cancer.
Common Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
It is important to fully evaluate every man for risk for prostate cancer if they present with the following symptoms:
- Difficulty urinating
- Slow urine stream
- Waking up at night to urinate (nocturia)
- Frequent urination during the day or at night
- Blood in Urine
- Back pain or pelvic pain
- Enlarged prostate
It is important to note that these symptoms are not unique to prostate cancer and can be caused by many other causes including urine infections (UTI), urethral strictures, BPH, bladder cancer, poorly functioning bladder as well as many other medical diseases.
The urologist will usually take a thorough history to determine risk factors for prostate cancer, perform a physical exam including a prostate exam (DRE – digital rectal exam) and will get a test to risk-stratify the patient such as PSA test, 4KScore test or PHI test.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms noted above, schedule an appointment with New York Urology Specialists.