Nonetheless, survival for prostate cancer is strongly related to the stage of the disease at diagnosis so it is imperative to act on the warning signs if and when they appear.
“If you have symptoms that could be caused by prostate cancer, you should visit a GP,” advises the NHS.
As the health body explains, there’s no single, definitive test for prostate cancer.
The GP will discuss the pros and cons of the various tests with you to try to avoid unnecessary anxiety.
Am I at risk?
It’s not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, although a number of things can increase your risk of developing the condition.
The most obvious risk factor is age – prostate cancer is most common in men aged 75 to 79 years, according to Cancer Research UK.
Your ethnicity may also determine your risk of developing prostate cancer.
As Cancer Research UK reports, prostate cancer is more common in black-African men than white men. It is least common in Asian men.
Lifestyle factors may also determine your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of advanced prostate cancer.
Researchers have found a link between being obese or overweight and cancers being higher grade (faster growing).
Emphasising the point, there is some evidence that being active might help to lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.