Prostate cancer symptoms: If you have THIS sign you should see a doctor

Finding blood in your urine could be an early sign of prostate cancer, according to medical website Healthline.

Blood that is clearly visible in the urine is known as gross hematuria, and it can turn it pink, red or cola-coloured.

The bleeding is caused by red blood cells, and isn’t always painful.

You should see your doctor anytime you notice blood in urine, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be diagnosed with prostate cancer, urged MayoClinic.

Other signs of prostate cancer include taking a long time to urinate or having a weak flow.

You could also feel the urge to urinate more often, or feeling like the bladder isn’t fully empty when you finish urinating.

Difficulty getting, or maintaining, an erection could also be a sign of prostate cancer, of which 40,000 new cases are diagnosed in the UK every year.

Seeing as the prostate plays a pivotal role in the male reproduction system, it could also cause a painful ejaculation.

The prostate is a satsuma-sized gland that helps to produce semen in men.

It produces the thick white fluid that’s combined with sperm to make semen.

The cause of prostate cancer is largely unknown, the NHS said. But, the risk of developing the disease increases as humans get older.

It’s also more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent, it added.

Prostate cancer develops very slowly, and people can live without symptoms or treatment for decades.

If it’s been identified early on, doctors may recommend waiting to start treatment, and just carefully monitoring how it progresses.

The cancer could be removed through surgery, and it could be treated by radiotherapy, or hormone therapy.

In 2014, more than 11,000 people died from prostate cancer in the UK, and 84 per cent of people survived for 10 more years after their diagnosis.