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There’s No One Definitive Symptom for Prostate Cancer, But There Are Clues

Dr. Edwin Posadas Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

There is no one clear-cut sign that suggests prostate cancer. “Prostate cancer is a very odd disease in that it doesn’t have a particular symptom,” explains Dr. Edwin Posadas, Director of Translational Oncology and the Medical Director of the Urologic Oncology Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Yet there can be changes surrounding urinary function that might be a clue. Are you urinating too much or too little or are waking up at night to go more than usual? These signs could potentially be cancer, but they also could be a urinary tract infection or even an enlargement of the prostate gland (which is not cancer).

During your regular annual exam, ask about your risk for developing the disease, report any unusual urinary or sexual issues and find out whether you should be tested.

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Dr. Edwin Posadas is Director of the Translational Oncology Program, and Medical Director of the Urologic Oncology Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Read More