Symptoms of prostate cancer include trouble urinating, decreased strength in the urine stream, blood in the urine or semen, general pain in the back and lower body, including the pelvic region, bone pain and erectile dysfunction, according to the Mayo Clinic. WebMD also lists the leaking of urine when laughing or coughing and the inability to urinate while standing up as additional symptoms.Continue Reading
A doctor visit is recommended if any of these symptoms are present, as a number of complications can result from prostate cancer. If left undiagnosed, prostate cancer can spread to other organs in the body, such as the bladder, and even to the bones through the blood and lymphatic system. If prostate cancer spreads, it is no longer curable, even though it can be treated and controlled. Other conditions that can result are incontinence and erectile dysfunction in varying degrees of severity depending on when the cancer treatment is started.
The Mayo Clinic lists several risk factors involved with prostate cancer, including being older than 65, obese, African American or having a family history of the disease. A visit to the doctor is recommended for anyone with these risks, as all are contributing factors to developing prostate cancer.Learn more about Cancer