What is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate gland is a small fleshy structure which lies just below
the bladder. It surrounds the tube (urethra) which drains the urine
from the bladder down the penis. One of the purposes of the prostate
gland is to produce a watery fluid (seminal fluid) which acts as
a carrier fluid for male sperm.
Prostate cancer is a malignant tumour of the
Prostate Gland. The causes of prostate cancer are largely
unclear. Ageing and hormonal influences clearly play a part.
There is an increased risk if close family members have developed
prostate cancer at a young age.
There is also an increased risk associated
with familial breast cancer. However, if detected early it
is potentially curable.
Signs and symptoms
The cancer is often undetectable in the early stages and symptoms may
be confused with benign (non-malignant) enlargement of the prostate.
Large tumours obstruct the flow of urine causing
a slow flow, increased frequency and occasionally blood in
the urine (haematuria).
What does screening involve?
Many prostate cancers are found incidentally either by measurement of
the prostate specific antigen (PSA) at a routine health check or at
the time of a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for benign
Screening involves a consultation with a Specialist
Consultant Urologist, a simple physical examination and a
PSA Blood Test.
PSA is a substance produced in the prostate,
some of which enters the blood. All men have some PSA - it
is having a higher level than normal which may indicate cancer.
Who should be screened?
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in European men over the
age of 55, 30% of men aged 55+ are known to develop the disease.
All males over the age of 45 should consider
a regular annual screen to ensure that any abnormalities
detected can be treated at the earliest possible stage.
As symptoms are often undetected at an early
stage why not take us up on our offer and gain peace of mind.
Making an appointment
If you would like to make an appointment for the Prostate Screening Service
01245 234088 Our staff will be happy to arrange an appointment for a
time that suits you.
Total Cost £120
If you would like any further information or
advice please contact our confidential Enquiry Service at
Springfield Hospital 01245 234088.
Prostate Cancer Presentation
The following presentation details the outcomes/indications for performing
a Radical Prostatectomy carried out by myself (Mr. Henry Lewi) both
at Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford and at the Capio Springfield Hospital