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All you need to know about prostate cancer

13 September 2017

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The month of September is dedicated to Prostate Cancer awareness. So, we’re going to give you some of the headline information about the prostate and what you need to do to look after yourself.

The prostate is a small gland located in the pelvis of all males, the gland is about the size of a walnut and its main primary use is to help you pee!

Scientists still haven’t been able to pin down the cause for this cancer. However certain life factors can increase the risk of developing this disease. The two main causes for developing prostate cancer is age and genetics, with over 50% of men affected being over 50 years of age. Many cases can be related to family history.

In addition, a healthy lifestyle can have a big influence on the risk of developing cancer including eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise. It will benefit you in the long run. A recent study believes that eating foods that such as nuts, oily fish and tomatoes can lower your risk of being diagnosed because it has two antioxidants selenium and lycopene.

Keeping an eye out for symptoms of prostate cancer is very important. The following are all signs you should be aware of:

  • finding it difficult to urinate
  • having very frequent urges to go to the toilet
  • finding it paining or burning
  • having loss of bladder control and
  • having a very weak flow when urinating

If you are concerned about your prostate or find you are getting these symptoms, book yourself in to see one of out urology consultants, Mr A. Alam and Mr J. Roux at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

 

 

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