Tumors pressing on nearby structures can cause symptoms. These lead to problems with how they work. You may have trouble passing urine or have pain. In most cases, early prostate cancer doesn’t cause symptoms. Cancer may not be noticed until it's in later stages.
If you have problems, don't think it's because of cancer. Other, less serious health problems may be causing them such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). But, you still need to talk about them with your doctor. Finding and treating the cause early will make your chances for a cure better.
As cancer spreads, it may cause other problems such as:
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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