Because prostate cancer can exist without symptoms, we believe that all men over the age of 50 should routinely ask their GP for a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Once you reach this age, your doctor is obliged to arrange a test for you.
If you have any of the following sypmtoms your prostate needs a check-up:
• I need to urinate frequently, particularly at night
• I am bursting to urinate but the flow is slow, difficult or painfulIt takes a long time for my urine flow to start and I dribble when I try to stop
• I have seen blood in my urine or semen
• I have felt pain when urinating or ejaculating
• I feel that my bladder has not emptied properly
• I have nagging pain in my lower back or upper thighs or pelvis
• I have a strong family history of prostate cancer
• I have difficulty in getting and keeping an erection
• I have noticed a change in my bowel habits
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should immediately see your GP.
DO NOT DELAY IN MAKING THAT CALL!
Such symptons are often associated with non-cancerous conditions such as an enlarged prostate, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and urinary infection. If you are unlucky enough to have prostate cancer, your chances of a cure are vastly improved by early diagnosis and treatment.
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