Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men worldwide.1 Only men can get prostate cancer.2 It’s more likely to occur in men with a family history of prostate cancer2 and those who live in more developed countries, where about 70% of cases occur.1 Prostate cancer mainly affects men aged 50 and over, and the risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age.3
In the UK...
- Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year4
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men5
- Approximately 1 in 8 men will develop the condition in their lifetime6
- Black men are more likely to develop prostate cancer (1 in 4 likelihood)3
- Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, which is more than 10,800 men every year4
- Over 330,000 men are currently living with and aftert prostate cancer4
Advanced Prostate Cancer
At initial diagnosis, 21% of prostate cancer has spread to different parts of the body.7 This means the cancer is in the advanced stage.8 Most of the time, prostate cancer spreads to the bones first.9
Because prostate cancer can spread, it’s important to know what to look for.
If you are currently living with prostate cancer, ask yourself these questions:10,11
- Are you having trouble doing regular activities?
- Are you needing to take or increase the amount of medicine for pain?
- Are you living with aches, discomfort, or pain you can’t explain?
- Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms that may indicate your prostate cancer has advanced?
- Aches, pain, or discomfort10
- Trouble falling or staying asleep10
- Difficulty doing normal activities11
- Issues with sexual function11
- Bowel/bladder changes (how often you go to the bathroom)11,12
- Loss of appetite10
- Weight loss10
- Generally feeling unwell10
If you answered yes to any of these questions or have other symptoms which are worrying you, it is important that you talk to your doctor.
Advanced prostate cancer can affect you in obvious and sometimes, not so obvious ways.10,11 You may think these things are occurring because of your age, a busy day, or a simple change in routine. But nobody knows your body better than you do – so talk to your doctor about any changes you notice.
For advice on speaking to your doctor, take a look at the Manversation resources.
There are many treatments that can be used across the different stages of prostate cancer. If your prostate cancer is advanced, there are treatment options available that, while not providing a cure, deliver a variety of benefits for this stage of your disease.12
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- 10. Macmillan. Risk factors and symptoms of advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer. Available at:
http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/National/Macmillan%20Cancer%20Support/assets/SymptomsofadvancedprostatecancerMCS3pages.pdf [Last accessed August 2016]
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