Prostate cancer itself may not cause any symptoms but when men do have symptoms and prostate cancer is diagnosed it is usually at an advanced stage. Which is why men should have a regular PSA test.
An old Doctor friend and research scientist friend of mine said to me that he would recommend a PSA test for any man over 40 who has had persistent lower back pain for six weeks or more.
Prostate cancer may cause urinary problems caused by the pressure the cancer (e.g. difficulty in urinating or perhaps urinating more frequently). However, these symptoms are very common in men and are not usually caused by prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer may sometimes result in blood being produced in the urine or semen.
Prostate cancer can also cause problems if it spreads to other parts of the body. For instance it can spread to bones, which could result in you going to your doctor with bone pains, this may cause pain in your back, hips, pelvis or other bony areas. This is known as secondary prostate cancer. Sometimes it can cause anaemia (a low blood count) making you feel weak and tired.
Do also remember that very early prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms at all because any growth in the prostate is too small to have any noticeable effect on urine flow.
Prostate Cancer is the leading cancer in men in the UK
The number of Prostate Cancer deaths per day in the UK
The number of NEW Prostate Cancer cases diagnosed every day
% of men surviving 10 years + after cancer diagnosis
To “RAISE THE AWARENESS” of Prostate Cancer in Wales. “EVERY MAN should have access to the treatment that is best for his cancer and his lifestyle.” Leaflets and booklets about Prostate Cancer need to be more readily available across Wales.
To provide A LINK to those seeking where to get ADVICE & GUIDANCE on Prostate Cancer as well as information on events and how to become involved, as the number of men needing care for Prostate Cancer is certain to rise in the next few years.
To improve and provide BETTER FACILITIES, information and meeting places for men and their families to discuss any queries they may have regarding their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle.
The PSA blood test should be at least offered as part of an annual health check for ALL men, it would then be the mans OWN choice as to whether he decides to have the health check offered to him.