Prostate Cancer is serious business, and is the most common Cancer affecting men in the UK, with over 40,000 being diagnosed each year.
Prostate Cancer affects the prostate gland that sits under the bladder and surrounds the urethra (which you urinate or ejaculate through). However, this Cancer is different to most others as it can develop very slowly over a number of years, which means it might be a long time before you notice any symptoms.
Most of the time, symptoms only appear when your prostate becomes large enough to affect the urethra (which could affect your bathroom habits).
It’s estimated that around 50% of all men over 50 could have Cancer cells in their prostate. This figure could be as high as 80% for men over 80 having a small area of Prostate Cancer. Due to the slow growth though, this may not cause any problems for elderly men.
However, in some cases Prostate Cancer can grow more quickly and even spread to other parts of the body (such as the bones). So it’s important to have regular screenings (especially as you get older) and get checked out by a doctor if you notice anything unusual.