Thursday, 2 December 2010
How to Recognise Symptoms associated with PROSTATE CANCER
Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually shape and size of a walnut that lies underneath the bladder and surrounds the tube where men’s urine and semen passes through, the urethra. The prostate gland’s main job is to make most of the fluid that carries semen. It can get bigger with age and may press on the urethra, causing problems with passing urine.
There are three main prostate problems. These are...
- A non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate,
- The inflammation or infection of the prostate, and
- Prostate cancer.
Each problem can cause similar symptoms, which may include:
- A weak or reduced urine flow
- Urinating more often
- A feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly
- Difficulty passing urine
- Dribbling urine
- Pain when urinating
- Pain when ejaculating
- Pain in the testicles
If you are in any doubt, see you doctor.
Prostate cancer is caused by cells in the prostate gland usually growing in a slow, uncontrolled way, leaving most men unaware it’s happening. However, some men will have a fast-growing cancer that treatment is needed to prevent or delay it from spreading outside the prostate gland.
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50. Younger men can be affected but are. Risk rises with age or if a close family member has it.
There is no preventive cure although diet and a healthy lifestyle may be important in protecting against the disease.
For more info, call 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk