Why might I have prostate tests?
You may have tests if you’re at higher risk of getting prostate cancer. In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. And you’re more likely to get prostate cancer if you’re aged 50 or over, you’re Black, or your father or brother has had it. You may also be at higher risk if your mother or sister has had breast cancer.
Your GP might also suggest having tests if you have symptoms of a prostate problem. Prostate problems can cause urinary symptoms, such as needing to rush to the toilet or needing to go more often than normal.
Urinary symptoms are usually caused by problems that aren’t cancer, such as an enlarged prostate or a urine infection. And most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms.
Prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body can cause weight loss and pain in the back, hips or pelvis. These symptoms are often caused by other problems. But it’s a good idea to get any symptoms checked out by your GP. They will want to make sure you get the right diagnosis so you can get the right treatment, if you need it.