Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK - more than 40,000 cases are diagnosed each year. It is most common in men over the age of 50.

Prostate cancer develops slowly and may only start to cause symptoms once the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. Symptoms include:

  • needing to urinate more frequently
  • needing to rush to the toilet
  • difficulty in starting to urinate
  • straining or taking a long time to urinate
  • having a weak flow when urinating
  • feeling as if your bladder has not emptied fully.

If you have these symptoms you should go to see your GP. It does not mean that you have prostate cancer and may be caused by something else such as prostate enlargement.

More information about prostate cancer, symptoms and treatment, can be found on the NHS Choices website.

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