About the same number of men will die of prostate cancer as women die of breast cancer, yet it receives a fraction of the funding for research. It is the most common cancer in men in the UK. With over 35,000 men each year diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and over 10,000 men each year dying of Prostate Cancer.
Prostate Cancer rarely kills men if it strikes late in life (Men in their 70s). However many men develop no symptoms at all, but those who do tend to have difficulty passing urine. The initial detection of Prostate Cancer is done with simple blood test, called a PSA test. This can usually be carried out by the GP and will inform the GP of the level of protein in the blood stream. High levels of PSA can indicate Prostate Cancer, BUT the test can be positive or negative for other reasons and does not provide a diagnosis.
The GP may carry out a DRE examination to determine the size and external texture of the Prostate Gland. A PSA test can detect cancer 6 to 13 years before symptoms are experienced. Age / Race & Family History are all associated with risk of Prostate Cancer. If the PSA is raised and the Prostate Gland feels enlarged, further tests maybe needed.
Prostate Cancer if caught in the early stages, can in most cases be cured.