Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men.
Fortunately in the majority of men with prostate symptoms, the cause is non-cancerous, but due to the prostate gland increasing in size and thus obstructing urine flow. There are medications available which can ease these symptoms considerably.
Early symptoms of prostate cancer are varied and unspecific but can include:
1 – Having to urgently rush to the toilet to pass urine.
2 – Difficulty in passing urine, slow to begin and reduced stream flow strength.
3 – Passing urine more frequently, especially at night, disturbing sleep.
4 – Blood in urine or semen (rare)
We can perform a painless physical examination [DRE] and prostate specific antigen [PSA] blood tests which may detect prostate cancer at an early stage when it is easily treated. A PSA blood test is also a good indicator of any inflammation of the prostate. This blood test should be performed as a baseline from age 50, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer. It is advisable that it is repeated annually, so that the trend of risk can be followed over time. If you are interested in having this test, please avoid ejaculation for 48 hours prior to attendance.
We can then organise specialist referrals to consultant urologists for further investigation with ultrasound and biopsy if clinically indicated.