Pain in the back, hips, thighs, shoulders, or other bones Swelling or buildup of fluid in the legs or feet. The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for each man, and any of the symptoms may be due to other, less serious conditions. It's important to note that the signs of prostate cancer are also shared by many other, less serious conditions. Even benign (non-cancerous) prostate conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, require timely medical attention, so don't delay seeking treatment.
Or, the cause of a symptom or sign may be another medical condition that is not related to cancer. In addition, there may be weak and interrupted urine flow, unusual pain around the prostate when sitting, swelling in the lower back, feet and legs, abnormal bowel function or urination habits, and weight loss. According to the American Cancer Society, American and Caribbean men of African descent have higher rates of prostate cancer than those of other races, and they also tend to be younger when the disease develops. If the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland, men may experience swelling in the lower body, back, hip or bone pain, abnormal bowel or urinary habits, or unexplained weight loss.
If you have one or more of the five warning signs of prostate cancer, contact Cleveland Urology at (440) 891-6500 for an evaluation. A prostate cancer screening test will usually be performed, including a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA test. Other possible early signs of prostate cancer include unusually weak urine flow and unexplained pain around the prostate while sitting. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean you have prostate cancer.
However, it's important to note that most prostate cancers occur in men with no family history of the disease. Other non-cancerous prostate conditions, such as BPH or an enlarged prostate, can cause similar symptoms.