Prostate cancer

Common symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Blood in your pee or semen once off
  • Waking frequently at night to pee
  • Sudden or urgent need to pee
  • Needing to pee more often
  • Difficulty starting or stopping peeing
  • Slow flow when you pee
  • Pain when you pee
  • Dribbling at the end of peeing
  • Bladder doesn’t feel quite empty after peeing
  • Being unable to control the bladder (incontinence)
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you have had any of these symptoms for more than four weeks, tell your doctor or health worker.  It doesn’t mean you’ve got prostate cancer – often they turn out to be something less serious.  But it’s important to tell your doctor or health worker and get them checked.

If it is prostate cancer, the earlier it’s found, the greater the chance of successful treatment.

Prostate cancer myths and facts

Myth:  Only elderly men get prostate cancer.

Fact:  Although risk increases as men get older, about 1 in 3 prostate cancers occur in men under 65 years old.


Myth:  Difficulty peeing or peeing more often are just normal signs of getting older.

Fact:  Having problems when you pee can be an important symptom of prostate cancer, regardless of age.


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You can also find out more about prostate cancer by visiting Cancer Council WA’s website.

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