For some men, the first clue that something is “not right” starts with trouble in the washroom. Prostate cancer usually is a slow-growing cancer, but as the tumour grows in size, a man may feel changes in his bladder activity:
He may have to urinate more frequently (especially at night), or have difficulty controlling his urine flow.
Other men feel like they can’t fully empty their bladder, or they feel pain or burning when they are urinating.
A more disturbing sign might be seeing blood in the urine or in the semen, or experiencing pain upon ejaculation.
The cancer that started in the prostate can move to other parts of the body. This is known as metastatic (advanced) prostate cancer. When this happens, other parts of the body may feel the effects of the cancer. Men with metastatic prostate cancer may notice:
Pain in the bones (especially in the back, hips, thigh or neck)
A feeling of being tired more
A drop in weight
Feeling numbness in legs or feet
Not being able to control bowel movements or bladder