Prostate cancer remains a leading cause of death in men. In 2016 it was the 6th highest cause of death in Australia.
Prostate cancer is generally a slow growing disease and the majority of men with low-grade prostate cancer live for many years without symptoms and without it spreading and becoming life-threatening. However, high-grade disease spreads quickly and can be lethal. Appropriate management is key.
What to look out for?
There may be no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. As it progresses into the later stages, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
• Feeling the urgency to urinate and the need to go more frequently
• Difficulty with urinating (such as trouble starting the flow or not being able to urinate at all despite the feeling is there or weak urine flow)
• Discomfort/pain when passing urine
• Finding blood in the urine or semen
• Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips.
These symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but if you experience any of them, go and see your doctor.
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