Men over 50 need to get aware. More Scottish men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer (after lung Cancer) than any other Cancer.
Prostate Cancer: Male Health Scotland
A healthy human Prostate is slightly larger than a walnut. It surrounds the urethra just below the Urinary Bladder. The main function of the Prostate is to store and secrete a clear fluid that constitutes 10-30% of the volume of the Seminal Fluid. Prostate Cancer develops most frequently in men over 50. Being most often discovered by physical examination or by the screening of blood tests, such as the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test. Suspected Prostate Cancer is typically confirmed by biopsy.
Early Prostate Cancer usually causes no symptoms. Often diagnosed during the work up for an elevated PSA noticed during a routine check-up. Sometimes, however, Prostate Cancer does cause symptoms, similar to those of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatits (Chronic Pelvic Pain).
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer include: frequent urination, increased urination at night, a difficulty in starting (and maintaining) a steady stream of urine, blood in the urine and painful urination. Due to symptom overlap with bengin conditions often these are not Prostate Cancer, but should encourage a visit to a GP nonetheless.