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Oncology and Cancer Care at St. Luke's Health

Prostate Risk Factors & Symptoms

While the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, there are risk factors that can increase your chances of developing this disease. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • African American heritage
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption

In most cases, prostate cancer does not display any symptoms. If symptoms do occur, patients may experience:

  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Difficulty stopping or starting the flow of urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Pain or pressure in rectum

These symptoms could indicate a number of things that are not prostate cancer. If you experience the above symptoms, talk to your primary care physician.