September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, causing the death of more than 3,000 men each year.
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. By the age of 75, 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In the early stages of prostate cancer, there can be no symptoms.
However, symptoms can include:
- Frequent or sudden urge to urinate
- Difficulty urinating
- Discomfort when urinating
- Blood in urine/semen
- Pain in lower back, hips or upper thighs
There are a variety of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing prostate cancer, including age, genetics, diet and lifestyle.
Men can reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by improving their diet, and participating in regular exercise and physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day.
If you are a man over the age of 50, or have a family history of prostate cancer, talk to your GP today and get checked.
For more information, please visit www.prostate.org.au