1 in 8 men Will Get Prostate Cancer
FLS recently came across these figures from Prostate Cancer UK and was gobsmacked. not something which happens often but they’re definitely a wake-up call for all men
Did you know that across the UK –
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
- Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 129 men every day.
- Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 11,000 men every year.
- 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
- 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms.
Because of the way the cancer grows there are often no early signs of symptoms. You can get early symptoms if the cancer grows near the tube you urinate through (the urethra) and presses against it, changing the way you urinate (pee).
If you do notice changes in the way you urinate, this is more likely to be a sign of a very common non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate, or another health problem. But you should still get it checked out.
- difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
- a weak flow when you urinate
- a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
- dribbling urine after you finish urinating
- needing to urinate more often, especially at night
- a sudden urge to urinate – you may sometimes leak before you get to the toilet.
There are a number of different tests which can be used to see if you have prostate cancer or another prostate problem, Prostate Cancer UK detail them on their website.
Are you at Risk of Prostate Cancer?
- Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases as you get older
- If people in your family have prostate cancer or breast cancer, it might increase your risk of getting prostate cancer.
- 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
- Research suggests that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer
For More Details on Prostate Cancer