Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, which is why recognising symptoms when they show is very important. Like all cancers, there’s currently no cure, so spotting symptoms as early as possible can ensure treatment is more successful and a better chance of survival. Prostate cancer symptoms tend to show when the cancer grows and spreads, and one sign to watch out for is pain or burning when a man pees.
Pain or burning during urination may occur because prostate cancer affects thew tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis, known as the urethra.
This isn’t the only way urination can be affected.
A man may also notice an increased need to pee, straining while peeing, and a feeling the bladder has not fully emptied, according to the NHS.
But it’s important to note while these symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, they don’t necessarily mean a man has prostate cancer.
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Pain when urinating is one of the most common symptoms or chlamydia.
If a man has chlamydia they may also experience white, cloudy or watery discharge from the top of the penis, burning or itching in the urethra, or pain in the testicles.
Symptoms associated with prostate cancer may also be caused by prostate enlargement.
Benign prostate enlargement, its medical name, is a condition that affects how a man passes urine.
It’s common in men aged over 50 but is not cancerous.
The NHS explains: “Many men worry that having an enlarged prostate means they have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. This is not the case.
“The risk of prostate cancer is no greater for men with an enlarged prostate than it is for men without an enlarged prostate.”
The symptoms of benign prostate enlargement are similar to those of prostate cancer, but no matter the cause you should go get checked out by your GP.