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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/03/2015

Every year over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer making it the most common cancer in men in the UK.


The cause of prostate cancer is unknown but generally, older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer or men of African-Caribbean descent are more at risk of developing the condition.

Prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose as it often develops slowly over time with men often experiencing few or no symptoms at all for many years. Generally, symptoms will not start until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include:

  1. Needing to urinate more frequently (often during the night)
  2. Needing to rush to the toilet
  3. Difficulty or hesitancy in starting to pee
  4. Straining or taking a long time while urinating
  5. Weak flow
  6. Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully

Symptoms may only start once prostate cancer has spread to the bones. Symptoms here can include:

  1. Bone and/or back pain
  2. Loss in appetite
  3. Pain in the testicles
  4. Unexplained weight loss

These symptoms can be caused by a number of other conditions and do not necessarily lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. However, the symptoms should not be ignored and anyone experiencing any of the above should visit their GP.

For more information visit Prostate Cancer UK.

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