As prostate cancer progresses, a common sign is difficulty
getting or sustaining an erection. This can be a difficult subject to talk
about, but it's important to bring it to your doctor's attention. It could be a
sign of sexual dysfunction with another cause, of course, but it's a reason to
have an exam and possibly a PSA test.
Pain/Aches or Heaviness in the Groin, Hips, Thighs, or
One sign of prostate cancer is frequent pain in the hips,
upper thighs, or the lowest part of the back. Men with testicular cancer report
noticing a heavy, aching feeling low in the belly or abdomen, or in the scrotum
or testicles themselves. They sometimes describe it as a feeling of downward
pulling or as a generalized ache throughout the groin area. Prostate cancer
that has spread to the lymph nodes often makes itself known as discomfort in
the pelvis or swelling in the legs.
Testicular Swelling or Lump
The lumps that indicate testicular cancer are nearly always
painless. It's also common for a testicle to be enlarged or swollen but lacking
any specific lump that you can see or feel. Some men report feeling discomfort
from the enlargement but not an outright pain.
Scaly or Painful Nipple or Nipple Discharge
Men do get breast cancer; they also get a condition called
gynecomastia, which is a benign lump in the breast area. Breast cancer is
usually detected as a lump, but if it's spreading inward it can also cause
chest pain. Other signs of breast cancer include patches of red, scaly, or
dimpled skin or changes to the nipple such as turning inward or leaking fluid.
Bring any lump, swelling, or skin or nipple problem, or any chest pain, to your
Difficulty Urinating or Changes in Flow
Hands-down, the most common early sign of prostate cancer is
a feeling of not being able to start peeing once you're set to go. Many men
also report having a hard time stopping the flow of urine, a flow that starts
and stops, or a stream that's weaker than normal. Any of these symptoms can
have less serious causes, but it’s still reason to see your doctor for an exam
and a possible screening test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA).
Pain or Burning During Urination
This symptom can also indicate a urinary tract infection or
sexually transmitted disease, of course, but in any case it warrants an
immediate trip to the doctor. It's often combined with the feeling that you
need to go more often, particularly at night. This same symptom can also
indicate inflammation or infection in the prostate or benign prostatic
hyperplasia, the name for what happens when the prostate grows bigger and
blocks the flow of urine. However, you need to get checked out to tell the