Urinating more frequently during the night? It could be a symptom of this disease

Prostate cancer doesn’t normally cause symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough, but there are more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. 

This type of cancer usually develops slowly and you may have it for many years before you notice any signs. 

Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that caries urine from the bladder to the penis), according to the NHS. 

So what are the symptoms of this you shouldn’t ignore? 

The health body says signs include: 

  • Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night 
  • Needing to rush to the toilet 
  • Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy) 
  • Straining or taking along time while urinating 
  • Weak flow 
  • Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully 

If the cancer has spread other symptoms may include bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss. 

What causes prostate cancer? 

Doctors don’t yet know the exact reasons why some men develop prostate cancer and others don’t. 

Bupa says: “Prostate cancer can run in families. So, if you have a close relative with prostate cancer, you’re more likely to develop it. Men who have a diet that contains a lot of fat may be more likely to develop prostate cancer too. 

“You’re also more likely to develop it if your’e black or over 50.”

A surprising 92 per cent of men don’t know what the prostate gland does, and 54 per cent don’t know where it is in their body, cancer charity Prostate Cancer UK revealed in 2016.

Many men only realise they have a prostate when they receive a cancer diagnosis.

So what is the prostate, and what does it do? 

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