Prostate Cancer

Caffmos is no longer selling the pin badge to raise money for prostate cancer but we do encourage our members to make a donation to this worthy cause through the prostrate cancer website.

The Prostate Cancer Charity

Prostate cancer is, unsurprisingly, cancer that begins in the prostate. Cells in the prostate start to divide and grow out of the normal pattern. This does not mean that you end up with a larger prostate. The cells that are growing are similar to cells in the prostate, but they do not grow into normal prostate tissue. They grow into lumpy bundles of cells called tumours. Tumours disrupt the normal function of the prostate, and cells that come free from the tumour can travel elsewhere in the body, and begin to grow tumours there.

All prostate problems can make the gland enlarged or become inflamed. This may make urinating more difficult. It can affect your quality of life and also your health.

The kind of symptoms you might have from any prostate problem are:

  • A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
  • A need to rush to the toilet, so that you may even wet yourself at times
  • Difficulty starting to pee
  • Straining or taking a long time to finish
  • A weak flow
  • A feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly
  • Pain on peeing
  • Pain on ejaculating
  • Pain in the genitals

Prostate cancer is the most serious prostate problem. Apart from problems urinating, other symptoms may include:

  • lower back pain
  • difficulty in getting or keeping an erection
  • pain in the hips or pelvis
  • blood in the urine

Some prostate problems are more serious than others. If you are concerned about your symptoms you should make an appointment to see your GP. They may give you a number of tests in order to make a diagnosis.