Facts About Prostate Cancer

Over 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, most prostate cancer is slow growing to start with and may never cause problems or symptoms in a man’s lifetime, however some men will have cancer that is more aggressive and high-risk, this high risk cancer can spread outside of the prostate gland affecting bones and other organs.

image showing the stages of prostate cancer

If prostate cancer is diagnosed early before spreading to bones and organs it can be treated successfully.

Symptoms of prostate problems are:

A weak urine flow.

Needing to urinate more frequently especially at night.

A feeling that the bladder has not emptied properly.

Difficulty starting to urinate.

Dribbling urine.

Needing to rush to the toilet.

Blood in the urine.

 

If you have any of these symptoms you should visit your GP and explain these symptoms to him, he will then advise you on the best course of action or treatment that is necessary.

Risk factors for prostate cancer are:

Increased age, as we age the risk of developing prostate cancer increases.

A family history of prostate cancer, men whose families that have had prostate cancer are at a higher risk than the normal population.

A family history of breast cancer men who’s families have an increased risk of developing breast cancer are also more likely to develop prostate cancer.

Ethnicity, Afro Caribbean man in the UK are 3 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men of the same age.

Lifestyle, being fit and healthy maybe important in protecting against this common disease.

 

For further information about Prostate Cancer please contact www.chestnutappeal.org

 

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