34,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it the most common form of cancer in males in the UK. This tends to affect men over 50 years of age.
Prostate cancer can be placed into three types:
- Early localised prostate cancer – cancer remains in the prostate gland and has not spread to surrounding tissue or anywhere else in the body
- Locally advanced prostate cancer – cancer has spread to surrounding tissue but not to anywhere else in the body
- Advanced or metastatic prostate cancer – cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland and surrounding tissue to other parts of the body
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Needing to pass urine more often, particularly at night
- Finding it more difficult to pass urine
- Blood in the urine (this is an unusual symptom of prostate cancer)
- Finding it painful to pass urine
Prostate cancer can be asymptomatic for a long period of time, which is why regular screening is important. The Christie Clinic can offer guidance on screening options and what to do if you are concerned about screening results. For further information please email us or call us on 0161 918 7296.
These symptoms can be related to other medical conditions but, due to the nature of cancer, it is advisable you speak to your doctor/consultant if you experience any of these symptoms.