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Urinary problems can be caused by cancer spreading to the areas around the prostate. The cancer can press on or weaken the bladder and the urethra – the tube men urinate through.

You might also get urinary problems as a side effect of your treatment. The bladder and urethra can be damaged by treatments for prostate cancer, causing side effects.

Urinary problems can also be caused by other things, such as an infection or an enlarged prostate. And diet and lifestyle factors can cause urinary problems or can make your symptoms worse. For example, being overweight can make urinary problems worse. Find out more about how to have a healthy lifestyle.

Living with urinary problems can be difficult and, for a lot of men, they’re not an easy thing to talk about. But remember, doctors and nurses are used to discussing these problems and finding ways to deal with them.

Get help with managing urinary problems on the following pages or read our How to manage urinary problems guide.