Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the most common type of cancer in men in the UK. Here we discuss some of the facts about prostate cancer and how you can reduce your risk of developing this disease.

The facts about prostate cancer

  • Around one in eight British men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common type of cancer in men in the UK.
  • Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually about the size of a walnut and it lies underneath the bladder, surrounding the urethra.
  • Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with this disease every year. Over 250,000 men are currently living with prostate cancer.
  • The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, and it is most common in men over 50 and those who have family members who have suffered from the disease. Black men are also twice as likely to get prostate cancer as men from other ethnic backgrounds.

How you can reduce your risk

If you are naturally at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer – if you are over 50, have a history of prostate cancer in your family or are a black male – then it is especially important that you pay attention to your health and visit the doctor if you experience any of the common symptoms of prostate issues. These include needing to urinate more often than usual, difficulty urinating, a weak flow when you urinate and a feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly. It's most likely that these are signs of another, less serious condition, but you should still get checked out and get the all-clear from your GP.

Prostate cancer has also been linked to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, so reduce the risk in your life by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly. Doing both of these things can also improve your general wellbeing and reduce your risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

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