Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Prostate cancer

All men after the age of 50 should have a yearly digital rectal exam to check for prostate cancer during their overall health examination.

Warning signs:

  • The need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine; inability to urinate
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Continuing pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs