When to get checked out:

  • If you are over 50, you should see your doctor every year for a check-up.
  • If you have a family history of prostate cancer you should have regular check-ups from the age of 40.


  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime
  • Many with early prostate cancer have no symptoms
  • If discovered early, prostate cancer can usually be treated successfully.


The most common risk factors for prostate cancer include:

  • Age: As men grow older, the risk of prostate cancer increases. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50.
  • Family history: If an immediate family member (father or brother) has had prostate cancer, you are thought to be 2 times more likely to get this cancer. The risk is higher again if your relative had prostate cancer at a young age or if you have more than one relative from the same side of the family with prostate cancer.
  • Risk factors increase your chance of getting prostate cancer. Having a risk factor doesn’t mean you will get prostate cancer.
  • Some people with no risk factors may get the disease.


Many men with early prostate cancer have no symptoms at all. Others may have some symptoms like difficulty urinating:

  • Going more often than usual, especially at night
  • Stopping and starting
  • Feeling of not completely emptied the bladder
  • Pain or discomfort

These symptoms can be caused by other things, but always get them checked out.

For more on the Blue Power Prostate Health Programme, visit https://www.cornmarket.ie/pink-blue-power/

For more on prostate health, visit Irish Cancer Society

Information sourced from Irish Cancer Society, November 2022.