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Alright, chaps! I’m here again to talk to you about ‘man things’ this Movember and to make you feel uncomfortable! On today’s agenda – Prostate Cancer.

What is the prostate and who has one? It’s a gland found in the pelvis and its function is to produce a fluid that mixes with sperm to make semen.

What is the prostate and who has one? It’s a gland found in the pelvis and its function is to produce a fluid that mixes with sperm to make semen.

The following people have a prostate:

  • Men
  • Trans-women*
  • Non-binary people assigned male at birth**
  • Some intersex people***

* The prostate is not removed during genital reconstructive surgery.

** A non-binary person may not identify as a man or a woman.

** A non-binary person may not identify as a man or a woman.

*** An intersex person may have both male and female sexual characteristics, and so might have a prostate.

It is the most common cancer in men in the UK, where 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. It usually develops slowly, meaning there may be no signs of if for many years. The chances of developing prostate cancer increase with age, and most cases develop in men aged over 50. It’s most common in African-Caribbean men, and less common in Asian men.

You can find out more about your risk of developing prostate cancer here.

Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. Prostate cancer often grows slowly in the beginning, and may never cause any problems. Not everyone experiences symptoms, and often the cancer is only detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.

However, some men do experience symptoms, including changes in urinary or sexual function, that could indicate the presence of prostate cancer. These are:

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Debi Skea

Director & Co-Founder at Humans of Code

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