Prostate is a reproductive gland found in males and is an androgen (or testosterone) dependent sex gland that provides the bulk of seminal fluid during ejaculation. The prostatic fluid is excreted in the semen and helps nourish the sperms and keep it in the fluid state in the vagina.
Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized structure that makes up part of a man’s reproductive system. It wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body.
Most prostate cancers are now found before they cause symptoms through PSA testing. Although most of the following symptoms listed below can occur with prostate cancer, they are more likely to be associated with noncancerous conditions.
- Urinary hesitancy (delayed or slowed start of urinary stream)
- Urinary dribbling, especially immediately after urinating
- Urinary retention
- Pain with urination
- Pain with ejaculation
- Lower back pain
- Pain with bowel movement
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:
- Excessive urination at night
- Urinary leakage (incontinence)
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Abdominal pain
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- Unintentional weight loss