Know the symptoms of prostate cancer

A common complaint for men as they grow older is a difficulty with passing urine. Symptoms may include some or all of the following:

  • A slow flow of urine.
  • Trouble starting or stopping the flow.
  • Passing urine more often, especially at night.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Blood in the urine or semen.
  • Feeling of not emptying your bladder fully.

These symptoms may be caused by prostate cancer or they may be caused by other conditions, such as a harmless (benign) growth of the prostate gland called benign prostatic hyperplasia.

It is also important to understand that early prostate cancer may not cause urinary symptoms, or any symptoms at all. It is not safe for you to assume that because you have no prostate urinary symptoms that you do not have prostate cancer. Visit your doctor if you are worried.

Download our guide to prostate cancer: Prostate cancer - what you should know.

For more information on prostate cancer and how we can support you, check out our prostate cancer information pages.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017