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Most men with prostate cancer have no symptoms of it. Instead, men often seek advice or help from their GP because of symptoms associated with the enlargement of their prostate. This may be caused by prostate cancer, but you should be aware that there are other conditions such as prostatitis which cause an enlarged prostate.

An enlarged prostate could result in:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night.
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine.
  • A painful or burning sensation when urinating.

However, symptoms that are more likely to point towards prostate cancer include:

  • Difficulty in having an erection.
  • Painful ejaculation.
  • Blood in urine or semen.

If you experience any of the above then you should make an appointment with your GP to run tests including having your PSA (prostate specific antigen) checked. Even if you do not experience any symptoms but are still worried, perhaps because a close relative has also had prostate cancer, then you should still be checked anyway above the age of 40.

Next chapter: how do I get tested initially?