Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) diagnosed among Irish men. It happens when the normal cells in the prostate gland change and grow to form a mass of cells called a tumour. In most cases, prostate cancer can be cured or kept under control.
Prostate cancer most often occurs in men in their fifties and onwards. On rare occasions, it can occur in men in their late forties. The risk of developing prostate cancer rises with age.
Early symptoms of prostate cancer are varied and nonspecific but may include:
- Having to urgently rush to the toilet to pass urine.
- Difficulty in passing urine, slow to begin and reduced stream flow strength.
- Passing urine more frequently, especially at night, disturbing sleep.
- Blood in urine or semen (rare)
We can perform a painless prostate examination which involves the Doctor inserting a finger into the back passage. Following a discussion between you and your Doctor, a prostate blood test may also be requested if appropriate. If necessary, we can then organise specialist referrals to consultant urologists for further investigation, with ultrasound and/or biopsy if clinically indicated.
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Irish Cancer Society – Guide to Prostate Cancer