Prostate cancer – Are you prostate aware?

There are around 11,500 prostate cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s 31 every day (2014-2016). In 2016, there were 11,631 deaths from prostate cancer alone; however, survival rates are extremely good if it’s caught early enough.

For many men with the symptoms there’s no cause for alarm. Practice Plus Lead Nurse, Kamil Hryniewicki, shares tips on the changes to be aware of for your prostate health.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland that is only found in men; it makes the fluid part of semen. It surrounds the uretha, the tube that carries urine and semen, and is the size and shape of a walnut.

Normally the growth of cells is carefully controlled in the body so that as they die, they are replaced in an orderly fashion. However, cancer can develop when cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. If this happens in the prostate gland, prostate cancer can develop.

Symptoms of problems

There are various symptoms that may suggest prostate problems. However, a professional diagnosis is essential because the most common symptoms of a cancerous prostate and one that is enlarged but in fact benign can be the same.

They include:

  • Having to rush suddenly to pass urine
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Passing urine more often than usual, such as throughout the night.
  • Pain when passing urine.

Whether cancer is present or not, the symptoms are caused by the prostate pressing on the uretha. This pressure then blocks the flow of urine.

For many men with the symptoms, there’s no cause for concern. It could be that the prostate have enlarged, which is not a cancer, but a condition that is particularly common as men grow older.

Be Aware

Sometimes symptoms can be confusing, either present or the lack of them. The best thing is to get yourself checked if you do have any concerns.  This may involve a brief intimate exam, but don’t let awkwardness get in the way of your health. And if you’d prefer to see a male GP simply ask when you make the appointment.

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