The prostate gland is the ‘behind the scenes’ sex organ you may not have known about, it is located below the bladder just above the base of your penis in between the pubic bone and the rectum, its primary job is to nourish the sperm and help with fertility. At birth the size of the prostate is about that of a pea, during puberty it increases to the size and shape of a walnut and then during a man’s 40s it can grow to the size of a grapefruit.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men in the UK, with over 40 000 new cases diagnosed every year. The most common symptom for prostate cancer is having difficulty peeing, this could include having:
- a flow which stops and starts
- having to wait before you start to go
- having to urinate more often than previously
- finding it difficult to postpone urination
- having to get up at night to urinate
If you have any of these symptoms make an appointment with your GP, early detection is important. Testing for prostate cancer can be done in a number of ways, your GP can discuss these with you, they usually include a blood test or biopsy or a rectal examination.
The chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you age. Most cases develop in men aged 50 or older.
For more information on prostate cancer, click the link below or speak with your GP
WALNUT – (prostate cancer support group for gay and bi sexual men)
METRO Walnut meets the third Saturday of every month at our centre in Woolwich, from 2-4 p.m.
METRO Walnut provides a safe and confidential environment for men and their partners to discuss their concerns and experiences with other gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer.
If you would like some more information or to speak with a member of the Walnut team please complete the form below and someone will be in touch
CHECK YOUR BALLS
It’s important for guys to regularly check your balls for any irregular lumps, bumps, unexplained aches, swelling or heaviness in the your ball sack. These can all be symptoms for testicular cancer and you should get it checked out by your GP or at a GUM clinic as soon as you can. Don’t put it off, this could be a ticking time bomb in your scrotum, embarrassment can kill. It’s good practise to get familiar with your testicles feeling them with your fingertips and understanding their shape and how they feel, by doing this you will be able to detect any abnormalities should they ever occur.
For more information on testicular cancer take a look at this link:
Referral from this page will be for the METRO Walnut service - (prostate cancer support group for gay and bi sexual men). If you have concerns about your prostate or find something different when checking your balls, make an appointment with your GP to have it checked out.