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What are the symptoms of stage 1 prostate cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of stage 1 prostate cancer can, but are unlikely to, include urinary problems, erectile dysfunction and pain in the back and legs. Urinary problems include any unusual change in urination pattern or habits, or the presence of blood in the urine. Symptoms may take years to manifest themselves, and in the case of stage 1 prostate cancer may never appear at all.

Your doctor can help determine if urinary or erectile difficulties are symptoms of stage 1 prostate cancer. Difficulty urinating may simply be a symptom of a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), for example. Due to its small size, a case of stage 1 prostate cancer will not usually be large enough to cause urinary problems. Because of this lack of physical symptoms, blood tests and other forms of early screening are often the only way to detect stage 1 prostate cancer. Some medical authorities recommend early screening beginning after age 50 or sooner, while others say no benefit can be gained from such tests. Ultimately, you should discuss the benefits and drawbacks of early screening with your doctor.

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