Prostate cancer symptoms

Risk factors for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50 and your risk increases with age. If you are under 50, your risk of getting prostate cancer is very low, unless your father or a brother has had prostate cancer. If you are aged between 40 and 50 and your father or a brother has had prostate cancer then you should talk about having a check with your doctor.

You are more than twice as likely to get prostate cancer if your father or a brother has had prostate cancer. So, if your father or a brother has had prostate cancer, you should talk with your doctor about having a check.

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Prostate cancer symptoms

Many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms and no problems with peeing. 

Problems with peeing are common as you get older and are mostly due to things other than prostate cancer.

Most men who have problems peeing have an enlarged prostate but do not have cancer. However, prostate cancer can cause problems with urinating. If you notice any of these symptoms you should talk to your doctor:

  • Dribbling, leaking or trouble stopping the flow of urine
  • Blood in pee
  • Urgently needing to pee
  • Needing to pee a lot, but not much comes out
  • Needing to pee a lot, but nothing comes out
  • Pee stops and starts, or the stream of urine is weak
  • Getting up to pee at night more than once