Prostate cancer is a common cancer affecting men in the UK with the equivalent of 130 cases diagnosed every day in 2014.

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we are encouraging men in Derby to talk about prostate cancer and what to do if they are worried about their risk.

1 in 8 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Many of these cancers can be slow growing and not life limiting. The strongest risk factor for prostate cancer is increasing age – only 1 in 100 men (1%) diagnosed with prostate cancer are under the age of 50.

Survival rates are significantly improved by early diagnosis – when diagnosed at the earliest stage almost 100% of men would be expected to survive for five or more years. Whereas when it is caught at its most advanced stage of development only 1 in 3 men would be expected to survive for over five years.

Prostate problems are very common, and most are not caused by cancer, but you should talk to your GP if you experience any of the following symptoms and are concerned

  • a weak flow of urine, perhaps stopping and starting
  • difficulty in starting to pass urine
  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • an urgent need to pass urine
  • You may feel you’ve not fully emptied your bladder after passing urine
  • You may have pain when passing urine
  • You may have blood in your urine or semen – this should always be checked by your GP as there are a number of causes that need to be explored

These symptoms will vary by individual and are likely to be caused by something other cancer. But you may find it helpful to know your prostate so that you can recognise a change.

Whilst there are no defined links between prostate cancer and lifestyle choices, a healthy diet, increasing your exercise and reducing alcohol and smoking can all help you to live well for longer and may reduce your risk of developing other types of cancer.

Derby City Council’s Livewell team can help you make the choices that are right for you.

If you would like to know more please visit the Livewell website.