The prostate is a gland that assists in producing semen. Prostate cancer usually develops over a couple of years and many people don’t realize they have the disease. Prostate cancer does not show symptoms in its early stages until after the tumor grows large enough to pressurize the urethra. A weak flow of urine is one symptom of prostate cancer that should not be ignored.
Having a weak flow of urine is a warning sign of cancer, and one is likely to develop this symptom if the tumor is growing near to the urethra. When the tumor presses against the urethra, it will change the way one urinates. Because prostate cancer starts to grow in a different part of the prostate, early prostate cancer may not press on the urethra and cause symptoms. Changes in the way one urinates are highly likely to be a sign of a common non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate or another problem. It is a good idea to have it checked out.
Below are the signs and symptoms of an enlarged non-cancerous enlarged prostate:
- Trouble emptying your bladder or starting to urinate.
- Once you are done urinating, dribbling is another warning sign to look out for.
- Feeling as if the bladder isn’t entirely empty though the stream has stopped.
- The other symptoms of prostate cancer include trouble starting to urinate, or emptying your bladder.
- Waking up in the night often with the urge to urinate.
- Leaking before you get to the washroom.
When cancer spreads to the other parts of the body, you will experience more symptoms such as back, hip or pelvis pain, indicating advanced prostate cancer. The other signs include unexplained weight loss and blood in urine or semen. It is important to check with the doctor if you experience these signs. The doctor will take a blood sample, a urine sample or carry out a physical exam of the prostate.