What is Prostate Cancer?
Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up. Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer. These symptoms include:
Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
Weak or interrupted flow of urine
Painful or burning urination
Difficulty in having an erection
Blood in urine or semen
Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
How is Prostate Cancer diagnosed?
Men who have urinary symptoms will usually begin by seeing their GP. The first tests for assessing the prostate gland are the PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE). Your GP will also examine you and ask you about your general health, your symptoms and any family history of prostate cancer. You may also have these tests when you have no symptoms, as part of prostate cancer screening.
if you are concerned about prostate cancer, call the Cancer Nurseline on Freefone 1800 200 700 and speak to one of the cancer nurses for confidential advice, support and information or alternatively make an appointment with your GP.
For more information please visit the Irish Cancer Society
Call into us with any queries or concerns. Awareness can save lives!