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Are you at risk of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the UK.  More than 1000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in N.Ireland every year.

Who is at risk?

Men over 50, those with a family history (father or brother) of prostate cancer and African-Caribbean/African descent men are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

Are there any symptoms?

The prostate gland naturally enlarges throughout a man’s life.   Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to develop in an uncontrolled way.  It is usually very slow growing and may never cause symptoms.  However, some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread.

Early prostate cancer often does not cause any symptoms.  The prostate gland wraps around the urethra (the tube used to urinate).  Men may notice urinary symptoms if the prostate gland presses on this tube.  It is worth noting that benign enlargement can also press on this tube and cause urinary symptoms, however if you notice changes it is best to see further advice.

Urinary symptoms may include:

What tests can be done?

There is no single screening test to diagnose prostate cancer.  The main tests that we carry out include:

If it is raised we need to refer on for further specialist investigation. 

If you notice any of the changes mentioned above, it does not mean you have prostate cancer but you should make an appointment with a GP to have it checked further.

At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, we have GP appointments available with no waiting times.  Book your appointment online by clicking here.


Written by Dr Aileen McPhillips.


Dr Aileen McPhillips is and Private GP at Kingsbridge Private Hospital.  She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2004.  She completed training in General Practice and graduated as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2009.  She enjoys all aspects of General Practice, however she has a special interest in Family Planning and Women’s Health (and has completed further training with Diplomas from the Faculty of Family Planning and Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. To book an appointment with Dr Philips, please visit our online booking link. 


Posted on 14 Sep 2018