What is prostate cancer?
Only men have a prostate gland, it’s the size of a walnut and grows bigger as you age. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. It’s main job is to help make semen.
Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. This often begins slowly, so there may not be symptoms initially.
· In the UK about 1 in 8 men get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and is the most common cancer in men
· Men aged over 50, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk
· You are more likely to get prostate cancer if you have a father or brother who has had it and also if your mother or sister has had breast cancer
Symptoms of prostate cancer
Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms, this is often due to the way the cancer grows. Other causes such as an enlarged prostate and prostatitis can also cause similar symptoms. But if you notice a change in the way you urinate it’s a good idea to get it checked
· Difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
· A weak flow when urinating
· Feeling your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
· Dribbling urine after you’ve finished urinating
· Needing to urinate more often, particularly at night
· A sudden urge to urinate
There’s no single test to diagnose prostate cancer but investigations may include:
· Urine test to rule out urine infection
· Prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
· Digital rectal examination (DRE)
· Prostate biopsy
· MRI or CT
March for Men
The March for Men is Prostate Cancer UK’s charity walking programme, and this summer they are asking everyone to take part, either in one of their city organised walks or by setting up your own.
Information and materials can be found here: https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved