Last year, prostate cancer hit the headlines as the number of men dying from the disease overtook the number of women dying from breast cancer for the first time in the UK. One in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
The prostate is a walnut sized-gland that sits underneath the bladder and helps to make semen. Prostate cancer makes up to 26% of male cancer cases followed by lung cancer (13%) and bowel cancer (13%). It mostly affects men over the age of 50, with black men twice as likely Caucasian men to develop the disease. According to research from Prostate Cancer UK family history is also a big risk factor. A man whose father or brother has had the disease has a 2.5 times greater risk of developing prostate cancer than a man with no family history, so it’s important to be extra vigilant if a close relative has been diagnosed.
A total of 37% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed late making it more difficult to treat. So, look out for changes in the way you pee. If you have a weak flow, notice blood in your urine, struggle to empty your bladder or experience an increased or sudden need to urinate, visit your GP to get your symptoms checked out. Getting things checked early on can make all the difference.
For more information visit Prostate Cancer UK. If you need support coping with cancer read our blog or call our helpline: 08081 311 333