Prostate cancer is most treatable when it is discovered early while it is still localized to the prostate gland. Fortunately, due to greater awareness of the disease by the American public and more doctors advising annual testing in men over 50 years old, roughly 85% of the time prostate cancer is detected early enough to be successfully treated.
Also fortunately, prostate cancer does produce a set of symptoms which informed men can look for. It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other prostate conditions that are not prostate cancer. Whether the symptoms are caused by cancer or not, it is important that you see your doctor as soon as possible if you observe any of the following symptoms (and particularly so if you are over 50 years of age):
- Difficulty urinating.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Frequent urination, commonly at night.
- Pain during urination.
- A weak stream of urine.
- The feeling that your bladder has not been fully emptied when you are done urinating.
- Difficulty starting urination.
- Not being able to urinate at all.
- Chills and fever.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Pain in the back, hips, or thighs.
If your doctor believes that your symptoms might in fact be caused by prostate cancer he will probably often order two initial tests. While these tests can not inform the doctors for certain if you have prostate cancer, they can give him an indication as to whether or not he should order a biopsy.