Prostate cancerOverview

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years.


Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects the prostate, a small gland found near a man's bladder.


There may be no symptoms of prostate cancer at first. Later symptoms include needing to pee more than usual or finding it hard to empty your bladder.


It's not clear what causes prostate cancer. It's more common in men over 50 and men with an African-Caribbean or African family background.


Prostate cancer does not always need to be treated straight away. The main treatments include surgery to remove the prostate and radiotherapy.

Page last reviewed: 12/06/2018
Next review due: 12/06/2021