Prostate cancer symptoms: SIX signs you could be suffering from the DEADLY condition

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the UK, with 40,000 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.

Rates are on the rise - they are projected to increase by 12 per cent between 2014 and 2035 - and one of the reasons is thought to be that men aren’t taking a proactive role in their health.

Men die on average four years earlier than women, and according to recent research published in The Lancet, the gap isn’t closing.

This November, the Movember Foundation is working to encourage men to pay attention to their mental and physical health.

“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” said Owen Sharp, CEO, Movember Foundation.

“There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives.

“They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”

Here are six signs of prostate cancer you should know, according to the NHS.

- Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night

- Needing to rush to the toilet

- Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)

- Straining or taking a long time while urinating

- Weak flow

- Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully

According to the NHS, symptoms of prostate cancer may not develop until the cancer has progressed.

If the cancer spreads, it may cause other symptoms.

These include bone and back pain, loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.

One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer, say Prostate Cancer UK.

The prostate - which is the size of a walnut - sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra.

It mostly affects men over 50, however those below that age can get it too, and being overweight increases your risk.