Anyone born with a prostate gland can get prostate cancer.
It is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 new cases every year, mostly in the over 50s, that's 130 every day.
135 of those diagnosed are from Brighton and Hove.
Those aged 50 or over, with a family history of prostate cancer or of Afro-Caribbean descent, and smokers are more at risk. If you are over 45 and have a higher risk, you might want to talk to your GP about the pros and cons of having a special blood test (PSA).
Trans Women (and other Trans people who are assigned male at birth) who are not taking hormones are at the same risk of prostate cancer as cisgender (non trans) men. Feminising hormones (Oestrogen) can cause the prostate to shrink, which can reduce the risk of cancer but how much the risk is reduced is unknown.
Trevor is a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion fan and has always been active, playing bowls, working and bringing up his family.
His father died from prostate cancer so he knew what symptoms to look out for. He was in his mid-50s when he noticed some symptoms, so made an appointment to see his GP.
He says, “As I had almost expected, prostate cancer was diagnosed. But because I went early, it was treatable and after treatment, I am back at work and never miss a home match!” Be like Trevor, if you notice something wrong, see your doctor, it could save your life.
If you don’t have one, the NHS service search will help you find a GP near you.
- Difficulty or pain passing urine.
- Passing more urine than usual, especially at night.
- Blood in the urine.
- Impotence/erectile dysfunctions
- Unexplained weight loss
Remember, these symptoms may not point to cancer but early diagnosis means it can be more easily and effectively treated. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, go and see your GP.
If you attend your GP with a symptom and are referred for a specialist appointment, you can expect to be offered an appointment within two weeks of the referral being received. Make sure you attend.NEED HELP MAKING A GP APPOINTMENT?
Mike from Hove, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“Seven years after my diagnosis and I am still active and living well.
I volunteer for Speak Up as well as for Prostate Cancer UK. It is really important to me that we encourage men to not be shy and to check things out.”