Things you should know about prostate cancer
Prostate cancer affects every man differently
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer only affects men and is a tumour (or growth of cells) that starts in the prostate gland.
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age.
Your chance of getting prostate cancer is doubled if your father or a brother has had prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer only affects men
Only men have a prostate gland, which is a group of cells the size of a walnut near the bladder. It makes the fluid that carries the sperm when a man ejaculates. With prostate cancer, the cells in the prostate gland start growing and form lumps (also known as tumours). Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and is more likely to occur in older men.
Prostate cancer affects all men differently
Unlike other cancers, prostate cancer often grows slowly. However, some men can still develop aggressive and potentially life-threatening prostate cancer. These men may benefit from finding the cancer early and having treatment.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Symptoms of prostate cancer can include problems with peeing but many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms. Learn more here.
How do you get checked for prostate cancer?
Testing for prostate cancer has a number of steps. Learn more here.
Can you tell if you have prostate cancer without a check?
No. Many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, and symptoms such as difficulty peeing may not relate to prostate cancer. Learn more here.
Deciding to get checked for prostate cancer
Making a decision to get checked or not to get checked for prostate cancer is different for every man. Before making a decision, it's good to know the benefits and risks of getting checked. Learn more here.