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Prostate cancer symptoms are rarely evident in the early stages of prostate cancer; however urinary difficulties and irregularities become more common. Minor urinary problems indicate a need for prostate cancer testing, particularly in men over the age of 50 or who have a family history of prostate cancer.
As the disease progresses, prostate cancer symptoms become more apparent, indicating a serious problem. Men who experience symptoms such as painful or bloody urine, frequent and inconsistent urine flow, or a complete lack of ability to urinate need to be tested for prostate cancer.
During advanced stages of prostate cancer, as the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, there may be chronic pain in the bones, particularly in the spine, pelvis and upper legs in addition to the main prostate cancer symptoms.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a condition which enlarges the prostate and closely resembles the symptoms of prostate cancer. Men who are experiencing urinary problems or other prostate cancer symptoms need to have a prostate cancer screening early to determine the cause and begin appropriate treatment.