What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is
an abnormal growth of cells in the prostate that form a lump (tumour).
In time, without treatment, it may spread to other organs, particularly
the bones and lymph nodes, which can be life threatening. Generally at
the early and potentially curable stage, prostate cancer does not have
obvious symptoms. This makes it different from other benign prostate
disorders, which may result in urinary symptoms.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
the early stages of prostate cancer, there may be no symptoms at all.
As prostate cancer develops, symptoms can include the need to urinate
frequently, particularly at night, sudden urges to urinate, difficulty
in starting urine flow, a slow, interrupted flow and dribbling
afterwards, pain during urination or blood in the urine or semen.
NOTE: It is important to note that these symptoms are not always signs of prostate cancer. They can also be
symptoms of other common and non-life threatening prostate disorders. Men who experience these symptoms
should see their doctor immediately, to determine the cause and best treatment.
What is the chance for a diagnosis of prostate cancer:
- Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate
cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer
annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.