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Five facts about prostate cancer

1. The direct cause of prostate cancer is unknown, however chances of developing the disease increase with age, and with predispositions from family history. Some other factors include race (prostate cancer is more common in Black men and less common in Asian men) and BMI (it is thought that obesity increases risk of the disease).
2. One in eight men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. This equates to around 52,000 men across the UK each year, or 143 men every day.
3. The three main treatment options for prostate cancer are: surgery, external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. However, sometimes prostate cancer does not require treatment at all as it occasionally grows so slowly that it does not cause health issues or impact how long a patient lives.
4. The main symptoms of prostate cancer are: an increased need to urinate, straining during urination and a feeling that your bladder is not fully empty.
5. 12,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year ‒ this equates to one death every 45 minutes. However, around 475,000 men are currently living with or after prostate cancer.
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