Men’s Health Week

 

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10th to 16th June 2024

This year Men’s Health Week are encouraging men to talk about their prostates.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer.

What is the prostate?

It’s a gland which is usually the size and shape of a walnut.  Its sits underneath the bladder. The prostate grows bigger as you get older.

The most common prostate problems are:

  • An enlarged prostate
  • Prostatitis
  • Prostate Cancer

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Some prostate cancer grows slowly to cause any problems or affect the way a person lives.  Due to this, many men with prostate cancer will never need any treatment.

Some prostate cancers can grow quickly and is more likely to spread.  This is more likely to cause problems and will need treatment to prevent further spreading.

What are the symptoms?

Oftentimes, prostate cancer does not cause any symptoms.  That’s why it is important to know your risk.  The three main prostate cancer risk factors are:

  • Age – it mainly affects men aged 50 or over
  • Having a family history of prostate cancer
  • Being of black ethnicity – in the UK approximately 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer.

Common symptoms are:

  • needing to pee more frequently, often during the night
  • needing to rush to the toilet
  • difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
  • straining or taking a long time while peeing
  • weak flow
  • feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
  • blood in urine or blood in semen

Advice and Guidance

If you experience any of the above symptoms or believe you are at risk, organise an appointment with a clinician.

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Published: Jun 9, 2024