Prostate cancer

Updated 14 February 2018

When to see a doctor (Prostate cancer)

Check these symptoms to see whether you should get to a doctor right away.

Need to see a doctor urgently:
  • Inability to pass urine (retention)

  • Severe difficulty passing urine

  • Blood in urine

  • Unexplained backache or bone pain

  • Enlarged lymph glands

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Suspected kidney impairment

Need to see a doctor at a convenient time:

  • Any man over 50 years should have a yearly prostate check to rule out prostate cancer

  • Black men and men with a positive family history of prostate cancer should start their prostate checks at age 40 years

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