What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the prostate gland. This gland is only found in males and is about the size of a walnut. It is situated where the bladder joins the urethra.
The cause of prostate cancer is not known and there is currently no clear prevention strategy to reduce the risk of developing this cancer. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australia, with more than 16,000 men diagnosed each year. It affects mostly men in the older age groups and is rare in men under 45 years of age, but is increasing.
PSA Screening is not completely accurate, but provides an excellent time line for tracking normal or abnormal PSA readings. The key to PSA testing, is you must alway have your test samples taken and tested by the same laboratories. The reason for a consistent choice of test laboratory, is that each pathology of the laboratories have minor variation in their tests, and this can lead to misinterpretation of test results.
Check yourself, before you reck yourself!
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
In its early stages, prostate cancer may not show any symptoms, though symptoms of early prostate cancer can include:
• Difficulty passing urine.
• A slow,interrupted flow of urine.
• Frequent passing of urine, including at night
Symptoms associated with advanced prostate cancer include:
• Blood in urine.
• Pain during urination.
• Lower back or pelvic pain.