In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men with more than 3 000 deaths per year.
Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland grow abnormally which creates a lump of tissue known as a tumour.
While the causes of prostate cancer are not completely understood, there are a number of factors linked with the risk of developing the disease.
- Increasing age
- family history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer.
Symptoms can include:
- frequent urination, particularly at night
- pain while urinating
- blood in the urine or semen
- a weak stream
- pain in the back or pelvis.
Currently there are no tests available with satisfactory accuracy to screen men for early signs of prostate cancer. However, if detected (based on symptoms and signs) and treated early, survival rates significantly improve.
By improving your overall health you also lower the risk of developing the disease. A change in diet and regular physical activity each day can greatly reduce risk of prostate cancer.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, do not hesitant to go and visit your doctor.
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