It’s the most common cancer for men in the UK, so make sure you know the first warning sign of prostate cancer.
One in seven British men currently suffer from prostate cancer and around 47,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease every year.
Unfortunately many men don’t experience any symptoms with this type of cancer, so it can be very hard to detect.
But men should beware of problems associated with urination, because this is typically the first warning sign.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, Dr Seth Rankin, of the London Doctors Clinic, said: “For those that do not know, the prostate gland is located between the penis and the bladder and issues with urination are the most common first sign of the cancer.”
Dr Seth continued: “For example, you might need to go to the toilet more or find it increasingly difficult to empty your bladder.
“If you’re worried about this condition, your GP can perform a blood test and a prostate examination to thoroughly investigate.”
Other symptoms can include blood in the urine and semen, pain in the hips, pelvis spine or upper legs and pain or discomfort during ejaculation.
Prostate cancer only begins to show symptoms when the tumour has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra.
If the cancer has spread, men may experience other ailments such as bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.
Because prostate cancer is hard to spot, it’s extremely important for men to do whatever they can to avoid developing the disease.
Health experts often emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle in reducing risk of cancer.
A recent breakthrough revealed that ditching meat could dramatically slash your odds of developing the cancer by more than a third.
Scientists at Loma Linda University in California, US, analysed the diets of 26,000 men including meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegans.
The study found that following a vegan diet – which means cutting out meat, dairy and eggs – can slash your likelihood of developing prostate cancer by a whopping 35%.
To prevent cancer in general, experts recommend chowing down on a wide variety of wholegrains, pulses, fruits and vegetables.
Dr Panagiota Mitrou, director of research funding at World Cancer Research Fund, said: “With prostate cancer being the most common cancer in men in the UK, prevention is key if we are to see a decrease in the number of men developing the disease.
“This exciting research has, for the first time, helped fill some vital gaps in our knowledge about eating patterns and the prevention of prostate cancer and could pave the way for future research.
“Although these results are exciting, more studies are needed to demonstrate the strength of the link between a vegan diet and reducing the risk of prostate cancer.”
Via Daily Star UK