What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer does not usually cause any symptoms before the late stages. It therefore can be very difficult to recognise the warning signs. Once the tumour has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra, the symptoms start to persist.
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Need to urinate more frequently
- Hesitancy urinating
- Rushing to the toilet
- Weak flow
- Blood in the urine or semen
Equally, experiencing these symptoms does not necessarily mean someone has prostate cancer.
Who is at risk of prostate cancer?
There are three key risk factors related to prostate cancer which will indicate your likelihood. Prostate Cancer UK have made a thirty second Risk Checker questionnaire available for anyone to take and assess their risk.
The three main risk factors include:
- Age – Over 45s are at a greater risk
- Genetics – A history of cancer in the family will increase a persons risk of cancer, increasing the likelihood by upto two and a half times.
- Ethnicity – Black men are the demographic most at risk of prostate cancer. Black men are twice as likely to get prostate cancer than other ethnicities.
If you fall into these risk factors, it means you are at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer, but it doesn’t mean you will definitely get it. We strongly recommend you contact a GP and perhaps get a check-up. If you are over 50, you can ask a GP for a PSA test.
Prostate cancer the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms. It’s why it’s important to get checked. Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening, but when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured.
Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online through the Live Chat function. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 8pm on Monday, 9am to 6pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays.
Prostate Cancer Facts
52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average.
1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer.
If you’re over 50, or you’re black, or your dad or brother had it, you’re at a higher risk.
Prostate cancer is not clearly linked to any preventable risk factors.
77% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in England survive their disease for ten years or more.
Prostate cancer is now the UK’s most commonly diagnosed cancer.
The Pinder 200 is Club Insure’s fundraising challenge for 2023. The team will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK by cycling from our new Leeds office to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
Club Insure and The Romero Group forged a relationship with the Prostate Cancer UK in 2019. And following our successful Coast2Coast cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington in 2021, the team wanted to up their game. The Pinder 200 will be a 200 mile cycle ride in memory of Club Insure Director, Lloyd Pinder, taking place on 2nd & 3rd June 2023.
We have set up a donation link in the lead up to the big ride. The ambitious goal of £25,000 will be matched by Club Insure through their annual commitment, donated to Prostate Cancer UK.