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    • 10,239 deaths in the UK 2007...  
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    • Most commonly diagnosed cancer in Men..   
    • Over 35,000 diagnosed cases in the UK 2006..   

What are the warning signs?

Prostate cancer is almost exclusively an older man’s disease with 93% of fatalities in men over 65. Thanks to modern medicine, survival rates are improving with 7 in 10 newly-diagnosed patients now living beyond five years. With early detection, this could increase.

What is a prostate anyway, and what does it do?

Only men have a prostate gland, it’s about the size of a walnut. It’s the biggest gland in the male body and produces a thick clear fluid which is an important part of the semen. The way it grows and how it performs depends on the male sex hormone testosterone, which is produced in your balls. It’s not a great design and the prostate tends to grow with age.

OK… Where is it?

It’s not up your bum, that’s for sure - but the only way a doctor can examine your prostate is to put his finger up there and press the bowel wall to check its size and for lumps. The prostate sits under the bladder and surrounds the first part of the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the penis. We call this the ‘wee tube’.