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IS PROSTATE CANCER COMMON?

PC is not so much in the public eye as say breast cancer, even though known cases of in the UK are at a similar level. Men don't talk about their problems as much, their awareness of the symptoms is often lacking and they are often reluctant to see a doctor until PC has got a hold. 

RESPONSIVE

The work of the PCRC aims to increase the survival rate by the development of new treatments funded by Run4PC team in Taunton and other dedicated volunteers throughout the UK. PC is curable while it is confined to the prostate, but very difficult to treat once it spreads outside.

WHAT IS A PROSTATE?

Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra – the tube men urinate (pee) and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

WHAT IS PROTATE CANCER?

Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. This needs treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Prostate cancer that’s contained inside the prostate (called localised prostate cancer or early prostate cancer) doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. But some men might have some urinary problems. These can be mild and happen over many years and may be a sign of a benign prostate problem, rather than prostate cancer.