Family Health Screens

Signs of Prostate Cancer

Every year approximately 41,000 men per year are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the treatment of prostate cancer has improved in recent years, the disease still claims 11,000 lives per year.

However, if men become more aware of the signs of prostate cancer, they can gain early diagnosis and treatment, which will reduce the mortality rate, and help more men to live healthier, longer lives.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a type of gland that only men have. It is found beneath the bladder and is positioned around the urethra – the tube that carries urine and sperm. The size and shape of a normal prostate are similar to that of a walnut. Its main function is to produce a sticky substance in which sperm is carried.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled manner. In most instances it grows slowly at first. It often doesn’t spread outside the prostate and never causes any problems. This is known as localised prostate cancer. It is sometimes accompanied by minor urinary problems

However, in some instances the cancer is more prone to spread, which is when it requires urgent treatment to prevent the cancer spreading beyond the prostate.

The symptoms of Prostate cancer

The common signs or symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Difficulty starting urinating
  • Dribbling urine when you’ve finished urinating
  • Feeling your bladder has not been emptied
  • Frequent need to urinate, say every two hours or less
  • Taking a long time to complete urinating
  • Weak flow of urine
  • Urgent need to urinate – possible leaking

Less common symptoms include:

  • Blood in urine and/or semen
  • Pain during ejaculation
  • Pain during urination
  • Problems gaining/maintaining an erection

It should be noted that some of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions.

Get checked out at Broadgate Clinic London Wall

If you are concerned about prostate cancer, see your GP. If you live/work in London you can attend the walk-in well-man clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.