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Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Trouble starting to urinate
  • Trouble emptying bladder completely
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Blood in urine and/or semen
  • Pain in back, hips, or pelvis
  • Feeling very tired

Factors that may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer include:

  • Increase in age
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Being African American
  • Too much testosterone

Some tests that your provider may do to determine if you have prostate cancer include:

  • Digital rectal exam – feel the prostate through the rectal wall for lumps and abnormal areas
  • Prostate specific antigen test – measure the amount of prostate specific antigen in the body (may be increased in prostate cancer)
  • Imaging – transrectal ultrasound, transrectal MRI
  • Biopsy – remove small piece of prostate to look at under a microscope to determine if there are signs of cancer

Types of treatment for prostate cancer include:

  • Watchful waiting/active surveillance
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Chemoradiation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Biologic therapy
  • Bisphosphonate therapy

To learn more about prostate cancer and find additional support visit:

https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate

https://www.pcf.org/

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