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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. In fact, according to Cancer Research UK, more than 52,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with it every year. And whilst 78% of men will survive prostate cancer for 10 or more years, sadly it kills just over 12,000 men per year. And that’s why it is so important to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms – so that if you, your partner, father, brother or friend notice any changes, they can get the right help right away.
The prostate is a small gland located in the pelvis of males and is part of the male reproductive system. It is responsible for creating the fluid that transports sperm from the testicles (semen).
It is possible for someone to have prostate cancer for a number of years without realising there is an issue. This is because prostate cancer does not usually cause any obvious symptoms until it has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis).
Signs and symptoms can vary from person to person, but the following are some of the most common:
It is important to note that experiencing any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. However, it is always best to get checked out in the first instance if you notice any changes to your urinating habits.
Research into prostate cancer is still ongoing, so at this point we still don’t know exactly what causes it. However, we do know there are various factors that can increase your risk of developing it. They include:
If you are concerned about any symptoms, there are various tests that can be carried out to determine whether you have prostate cancer or not. They include a blood test, a digital rectal examination, an MRI scan and a biopsy.
One way you can play your part to raise awareness and vital funding into research is by taking part in Movember. Grow a moustache or set yourself an active challenge and your donation could make a huge difference.
If you’re worried about any new or unusual symptoms, make an appointment at YourGP as soon as possible. We have short-notice appointments available so you can do just that. Choose a date and time that suits you via our simple online booking system, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 225 5656 and we will ensure that you are seen as quickly as possible to help put your mind at ease.
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