What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland, part of the male reproductive system.  It will affect one in eight men, this risk is increased as you get older.  It also affects those with a close family member who has been affected, such as your father or brother.

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Should you develop new or persisting symptoms please seek review from a health professional.  Symptoms of prostate cancer can include:

  • Needing to pass urine more frequently, more so during the night
  • A need to rush to the toilet
  • Some difficult in starting to pass urine, this is called hesitancy
  • Straining to pass urine
  • A weaker flow to usual
  • Feeling as though your bladder has not emptied properly
  • Blood in your urine or semen

If you have these symptoms, it does not mean you have prostate cancer. There are other causes, for example benign enlargement of your prostate gland which can happen as you get older.