Telltale prostate cancer symptom you’ll notice while peeing – and shouldn’t ignore

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Prostate cancer usually goes unnoticed until the gland is large enough to cause certain symptoms. Some of them can be present when going to the toilet, and should be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible

In the UK around one in eight men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and for black men, the number is one in four. So it’s important you are aware of any signs you or a loved one could have the disease.

In the early stages of prostate cancer, there may not be any noticeable symptoms but when the cancer is larger it can begin to present in certain ways. Therefore it’s imperative men are aware of what these signs are and what they should do if they have any.

The causes of prostate cancer still aren’t really known but there are factors that can increase the risk of developing it. Age is one, with most cases developing in men aged 50 or older. It is also more common in black men, for reasons still unknown, and less common in Asian men. Trans women and non-binary assigned males at birth are also at risk.

There is a known genetic link so if your father or brother has or had the disease, you could be at a slightly increased risk. Obesity is another area where recent research has found a connection to a higher chance of developing cancer.

The prostate is a small gland, about the size of a walnut, located in the pelvis between the penis and the bladder. It’s part of the male reproductive system and its main purpose is to produce the thick white fluid that creates semen when mixed with sperm produced by the testicles.

Because of its location, if cancer develops in the prostate, symptoms can be noticed when urinating. The cancer usually grows slowly but when it is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra), you may notice you are having difficulty when trying to pee and are straining.

You could also feel like you need to wee more often, especially at night, or that you haven’t completely emptied your bladder afterwards. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible. However, they are often caused by other things such as prostate enlargement, so a doctor will be able to determine this.

There are various tests for prostate cancer and these include a physical examination of the gland by means of a rectal examination, which is usually quick and painless. An MRI scan or biopsy could also be used and your doctor will discuss the best options with you.

If it is found that you do have prostate cancer and it’s in the early stages, you may not need treatment but every case depends on the individual and how advanced the cancer is. Treatments for more advanced cancer include removing the prostate, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. For more information and support with prostate cancer visit the NHS website or Macmillan.org.

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