Prostate cancer warning - this is why back pain could be serious

Prostate cancer symptoms can include back pain, according to charity Prostate Cancer UK.

If the cancer reaches a more advanced stage, it can spread to other parts of the body, and lead to back pain, hip pain or pelvis pain.

Erectile dysfunction, finding blood in your urine or semen, and unexplained weight loss could also be a sign of advanced prostate cancer.

The symptoms could also be caused by diabetes or prostatitis - a swollen prostate.

“Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms,” said Prostate Cancer UK.

“One reason for this is the way the cancer grows.

“You’ll usually only get early symptoms if the cancer grows near the tube you urinate through [the urethra] and presses against it, changing the way you urinate.

“But, because prostate cancer usually starts to grow in a different part of the prostate, early prostate cancer doesn’t often press on the urethra and cause symptoms.”

Other signs of prostate cancer include difficulty starting to urinate, or emptying your bladder.

A weak flow when you urinate, or a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly are also prostate cancer symptoms.

Patients could also experience dribbling after they finish urinating, urinating more often, and having sudden urges to use the toilet.

You should see a GP if you notice a change that isn’t normal for you, or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, said Cancer Research UK.

It’s not exactly known what causes prostate cancer, said the NHS.

But, your risk of the disease could be increased if you’re over 50 years old, or are of African-Caribbean or African descent.

A family history of the cancer could increase your risk of the disease, too.

Regular exercise could lower your chances of developing prostate cancer.