Prostate CancerProstate Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Let's Talk About the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

This common cancer in older men is highly treatable when caught early. Learn how you can spots the signs of prostate cancer.

    Our Pro PanelProstate Cancer Signs and Symptoms

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in prostate cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Edmund Folefac, M.D.

    Edmund Folefac, M.D.Medical Oncologist

    Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Columbus, OH
    Isla P. Garraway, M.D.

    Isla P. Garraway, M.D.Associate Professor and Director of Research

    Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Los Angeles
    Daniel Ari Landau, M.D.

    Daniel Ari Landau, M.D.Medical Oncologist

    Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialty Section, Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
    Orlando, FL

    Frequently Asked QuestionsProstate Cancer Signs and Symptoms

    Can prostate cancer be prevented?

    Much more needs to be learned about the causes of this disease before experts will be able to offer a prostate cancer prevention plan. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid aging, which is the number-one risk factor for prostate cancer.

    What are the biggest signs of prostate cancer?

    Nine out of 10 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer learn the news before they have any signs or symptoms of this disease through screening. More advanced disease can brings on symptoms like blood in your urine or semen, erectile dysfunction, and problems with urination.

    How will my prostate cancer be treated?

    Lots of treatment options exist, such as surgery, radiation, hormone treatments, and more. What’s best for you will be determined by your particular cancer and how fast it’s growing. For most men, treatment is very successful.

    What caused my prostate cancer?

    That’s not an easy question. Experts don’t know what causes prostate cancer, but they do know that your risk goes up as you get older, if you are African American, or if prostate cancer runs in your family. If other cancers, like breast and ovarian cancer, occur in your family, you may have a gene, called BRCA, that raises your risk of prostate cancer.

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s covered everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus.