In this article we answer the question “What are the warning signs of prostate cancer?”

According to Prostate Cancer UK:

In the UK, 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. If you’re over 50, or you’re black, or your dad or brother had it, you’re at even higher risk.

Prostate cancer can be life-threatening. But the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured.

If you have any concerns about prostate cancer, please consult a healthcare professional, especially if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned below, or if you have a family history of the disease.

It’s important to remember that 80% of men with early prostate cancer may not have any symptoms.

If a man has symptoms these may include:

  • Frequent or Urgent Urination:
    This can manifest as an increased need to urinate, especially during the night, or a sense of urgency when you need to urinate.

  • Difficulty Starting or Stopping Urination:
    You may have trouble starting the urine stream, weak flow, or difficulty stopping once you’ve started.

  • Weak or Interrupted Urine Flow:
    A reduced or intermittent urine flow could be a sign of prostate issues.

  • Blood in the Urine or Semen:
    This is a concerning symptom. Please book an appointment to see your Doctor immediately.

  • Pain or Discomfort:
    This might include pain in the lower back, hips, or pelvis. It can also involve pain or discomfort during ejaculation or while urinating.

But these symptoms can be caused by other things, such as an infection or enlarged prostate, they don’t mean that the cause is cancer.

Whilst prostate cancer is not always aggressive or life threatening, when detected early the likelihood of successful treatment and the prevention of spread to other parts of the body is significantly improved.

Regular check-ups are essential for early detection and as there is currently no prostate cancer screening programme provided by the NHS, a man should consider a regular blood test (PSA) checking the year on year profile.

Should you have any concerns, in the first instance please contact your local GP Surgery.

Useful Resources:
3 Quick Questions to Check Your Risk: https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker
Prostate Cancer Support: https://www.prostatecancersupport.org
Cancer Research UK: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/prostate-cancer