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Overview of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand men. Most men who develop prostate cancer are over 65. It's rare in men younger than 55. If you're 40, the risk of prostate cancer is one in 500. If you're in your 70s, the risk increases to around one in nine.

You should see your GP if you have problems urinating or any symptoms that might suggest a problem with your prostate. Prostate symptoms usually mean an enlarged prostate.

Many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms. This's why regular checks with your GP are important. The advice on the right age to start checking your prostate varies. But a good guide for most men is to start checking at around 50. If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, your risk of developing prostate cancer is higher. In this case, you should consider being checked from age 40.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Urology, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed October 2017.


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