Pump up on prostate health knowledge   

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in Ireland so it deserves a place high up on the list. Men over the age of 50 should talk to a doctor if they have any of the risk factors below.

Did you know?

  • Many with early prostate cancer have no symptoms.
  • Prostate cancer responds well to treatment and, if detected early, it can be treated successfully.

Risks  

  •  Increasing age – Prostate cancer is rare in men under 50
  • Family history – if your father or brother is diagnosed with prostate cancer you are two to three times more likely to get prostate cancer yourself. If they had it at a young age your risk is greater  
  • Genetics – men who carry a faulty BRCA2 gene are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

Signs and symptoms 

Early prostate cancer is often present without symptoms. However, if you have any of the symptoms listed below, make an appointment with your doctor.

  • Difficulty and pain passing urine
  • Urgency - difficult to postpone passing urine
  • Frequency - going to the toilet more frequently than before
  • Getting up more than twice in the night to pass urine
  • Hesitancy - taking time to get going when passing urine
  • Flow - has become weak or intermittent
  • Incomplete emptying – feeling that the bladder has not emptied
  • Blood in the urine
  • Lower back pain or pain in hips or upper thighs.

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

Source Marie Keating Foundation, January 2020, www.mariekeating.ie/cancer-information/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-know/