Prostate Cancer

The Prostate team raises awareness in the local community by providing information about the symptoms of prostate cancer. They have been extremely successful in getting the key messages out in the local community through various events including the Fireman’s Fete and links with Grimsby Town Football Club.

Only men develop prostate cancer and the risk of getting it increases with age.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

The following symptoms may be caused by problems that are much less serious than prostate cancer. Try not to worry if you develop any of them; however do get them checked out by your GP (doctor):

  • Difficulty or pain in passing urine
  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
  • Frequent visits to the toilet, especially at night
  • Starting and stopping while urinating
  • Dribbling urine
  • A feeling of not having emptied the bladder fully
  • And less commonly…
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Impotence
  • Pain in back, hips or pelvis
  • Early detection is important

As a man gets older, his prostate may get bigger and restrict the flow of urine. This very common condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is not cancer but causes some of the same symptoms as prostate cancer.

What will happen at the doctors?

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and may suggest a blood test. This will tell the doctor about the level of protein called PSA (prostate specific antigen) in your bloodstream.

High levels of protein, produced by prostate, can indicate prostate cancer. But the test can be positive for other reasons and does not provide a diagnosis of cancer.

The doctor may do a physical examination to see if the prostate is enlarged. If your PSA level is high and the prostate gland feels enlarges, further tests may be needed.

Further information is available from www.prostate-cancer.org.uk

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