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Prostate Cancer

Burning Pain in the Scrotum

09/05/2008

Question:

Could prostate cancer cause a burning pain in the scrotum?

Answer:

Prostate cancer has few symptoms that are specific. Most symptoms associated with prostate cancer can be attributed to prostate enlargement which is commonly known as "benign prostate hyperplasia". This is not cancer. Prostatitis or bladder infection can cause symptoms of burning, but this is usually perceived at the urethral meatus (the opening at the tip of the penis). I would recommend that you be examined by a urologist to assess these symptoms. If you are 50 years or older (or 45 years if you are African-American or have a first degree male relative with a history of prostate cancer), then annual digital rectal exam and PSA (blood test) is recommended to screen for prostate cancer.

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Response by:

James F Donovan, Jr, MD James F Donovan, Jr, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director of UC Urology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati