The symptoms of prostate cancer can differ from person to person. Urine passes from the bladder to a tube and then out of the body. The prostate gland wraps around this tube. A tumor can press on this tube and cause urinary problems.
Early signs of prostate cancer may include:
Some of these issues are caused by other less serious problems. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common cause. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
Prostate cancer may spread. Tumors may form in nearby organs or bones. It can also spread to the spine. Tumors in the spine may press on the spinal nerve. Prostate cancer that has spread may cause:
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Nicole Meregian, PA
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