Ball and prostate check-ups
The prostate and prostate cancer
Early prostate cancer rarely causes any symptoms; these only occur at a later stage of the disease. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may help to detect early prostate cancer, but because many small prostate cancers are not dangerous, it is not yet known whether early detection and screening are worthwhile for prostate cancer.
Men over 50 can ask for a PSA test from a GP. Men are not routinely offered PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer, as results can be unreliable.
There are treatments for men with an enlarged prostate gland: contact your GP a sexual health clinic.
Situated just below the bladder, the prostate gland is ‘hooked-up’ to the plumbing along which your spunk travels. It is responsible for producing the fluid in which sperm swim and a secretion which keeps the urethra moist.
- It gets bigger as we get older and can sometimes begin to squash the tube that takes piss out of the body
- It can become infected or inflamed, most common between 25-45 years
- It can get enlarged to the size of a small grape fruit if untreated
- Prostate cancer usually occurs to the over-50s but can happen earlier
Signs and symptoms that something is wrong include:
- Needing to piss often and getting little warning that you need to go
- Finding it hard to start or stop pissing
- Lots of dribbling at the end of a piss
- Finding it a strain to empty your bladder properly
- Leaking or dribbling piss
Prostate cancer tends to affect men in their 40s onwards but can be treated effectively if found early. The symptoms above may point to prostate problems and are sometimes felt by men with prostate cancer, but not always. If you are aged 50 or over, you should have yearly checks which can be performed simply by a doctor or at a sexual health clinic.
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