Prostate Cancer: How To Spot The Symptoms

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Prostate cancer, according to the Office of National Statistics is the most common cancer for men, accounting for 26% of all cancer cases - Michael Parkinson, Bob Wilson and Billy Connolly were diagnosed with it most recently.

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Former goalkeeper and veteran broadcaster Bob Wilson has recently been diagnosed with the disease

WHAT IS THE PROSTATE?

The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis found only in men. About the size of a walnut, it is located between the penis and the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis.

The main function of the prostate is to help in the production of semen. It produces a thick white fluid that is mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles, to create semen.
Source: NHS

In the last 40 years, prostate cancer cases have tripled, but this is due to better detection methods. 75% of prostate cancer cases tend to be men over the age of 65, but - as with other cancers such as ovarian cancer - when it occurs in younger men, it is thought to be due to faulty genetics.

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The good news is that survival rates are steadily improving, but in the younger bracket of men (under 50), survival is slightly lower than it is for men over 50. And after lung cancer, it is the second cancer men are likely to die from. This is why it's doubly important that you know what signs to look out for.

The NHS website says that prostate cancer can develop slowly over the years, which is why there are often no symptoms at the beginning. However - these are the signs you need to look out for.

Make an appointment with your GP if you are concerned about any of the below:

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