Prostate cancer is a very variable disease. Some tumours remain small and grow so slowly that they cause no problems and often remain undetected for decades; others are aggressive, grow quickly and become life-threatening. Many of these aggressive cases spread to the bones, where they cause severe pain.
The main symptoms are: difficulty passing urine, inability to urinate, passing urine often (particularly at night), weak or interrupted urine flow, pain when urinating, blood in the urine and pain in the lower back, hips and upper thighs. However, all of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions such as benign prostate enlargement. Men with any of these symptoms should consult their doctor.
If you have any general questions regarding prostate cancer, please feel free to ask AICR's Scientific Co-ordinator, Dr Mark Matfield, a question.