Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms and is most often found by a PSA test and/or DRE. Some advanced prostate cancers can slow or weaken your urinary stream or make you need to urinate more often. In some cases kidney blockage can occur. But non-cancerous diseases of the prostate, such as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) are a more common cause of these symptoms.
If the prostate cancer is advanced, you might develop blood in your urine (hematuria) or trouble getting an erection (impotence). Advanced prostate cancer commonly spreads to the bones, which can cause pain in the hips, back (spine), ribs (chest), or other areas. Sometimes cancer that has spread to the bones of the spine will press on the spinal cord or its nerves. This can result in weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control.
Other diseases can also cause many of these same symptoms. It is important to tell your doctor about any of them so that the cause can be determined and treated.
Last Medical Review: 12/01/2010
Last Revised: 06/24/2011
Taken from the American Cancer Society: What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?