“I am living proof that if you catch prostate cancer early, it can be reduced to a temporary inconvenience, and you can go back to a normal life.”
A healthy Prostate is slightly larger than a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the Urinary Bladder. The function of the Prostate is to store and secrete a clear fluid that constitutes 10-30% of the volume of the Seminal Fluid. Prostate Cancer develops most frequently in men over 50. Most often discovered by physical examination or blood tests, such as the PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test. A biopsy will confirm Prostate Cancer.
Early Prostate Cancer often does not cause noticeable symptoms. It is usually diagnosed early during the workup for an elevated PSA, found during a routine check-up. Sometimes, however, Prostate Cancer does cause symptoms that are very similar to those of BPE or Prostatitis, confusing matters. As a result, any new Prostate symptom requires a GP check-up, especially in older men.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer include frequent urination, increased urination at night, difficulty in starting (and maintaining) a stream of urine, blood in the urine and painful urination. Due to symptom overlap with benign conditions, it is imperative not to ignore new symptoms as being harmless.
More Scottish men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer than any other Cancer, making awareness essential.