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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer Symptoms in Central California

Cancer of the prostate gland, or prostate cancer, usually grows very slowly. However, some more aggressive prostate cancers can spread rapidly.

You can monitor your prostate health with regular cancer screenings at Dignity Health Central California hospitals. We use advanced technology to diagnose prostate cancer symptoms in Central California, providing care with humankindness at each step of the process. Find a Doctor near you today at your nearest location.


Signs of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms of advanced-stage prostate cancer may include: 

  • Difficulty starting to urinate or not being able to urinate
  • Blood in the semen or urine
  • Erection problems
  • Urgent urination
  • Pain in the hips, pelvis, or back
  • Weak or stop-and-start urine stream
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Burning or pain with urination

Many of these symptoms are also symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign) prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. See your Dignity Health Central California doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Both prostate cancer and BPH can be treated effectively.


Diagnosing Prostate Cancer at Dignity Health Central California

Most prostate cancers are discovered before symptoms develop due to regular screening exams. A DRE (digital rectal exam) involves a physical examination of your prostate gland to check for abnormalities. A PSA test checks the prostate specific antigen present in your blood. High levels of PSA may suggest the presence of prostate cancer. However, some noncancerous (benign) conditions can also cause elevated PSA levels. 

If your screening results indicate cancer, you will need a prostate biopsy. This procedure involves a technician evaluating a sample of your prostate cells for cancerous changes. A biopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose prostate cancer.

If your doctor finds cancer in your biopsy, they may also order imaging exams to make a complete diagnosis, including the stage of your cancer. This information helps your doctor at Dignity Health Central California plan the most appropriate treatment for you. 

Talk to your doctor about any symptoms of prostate cancer you’re experiencing and get the peace of mind you need.

Oncologists at Dignity Health Central California diagnose signs and symptoms of prostate cancer in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.