Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer to be diagnosed in men, in the UK.
The disease affects the prostate, which is a small gland that’s found in the pelvis of men.
It’s not always easy to know if you’re at risk of prostate cancer, as the symptoms tend to develop very slowly over a long period of time.
But your toilet routine may reveal hidden signs that you have prostate cancer. One of the earliest prostate cancer symptoms include finding blood in your urine.
Finding blood in your wee – which is also known as haematuria – isn’t usually anything serious, but should be checked by a doctor.
The blood could be coming from anywhere in the urinary tract, and could also be a sign of kidney stones, a urinary tract infection, or an enlarged prostate.
Having a burning pain when you urinate could also be a sign of prostate cancer.
Other symptoms include having a reduce floor of urine, or feeling the need to pass more urine – especially at night.
“The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for each man and any one of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions,” said the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
“Because of the proximity of the prostate gland in relation to the bladder and urethra, prostate cancer may be accompanied by a variety of urinary symptoms.
“Depending on the size and location, a tumour may press on and constrict the urethra, inhibiting the flow of urine.
“Prostate cancer screenings make it possible to detect the cancer in early stages, before symptoms are present.
“Being aware of the risk factors can help you determine an appropriate prostate cancer screening schedule with your physician.”
If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, patients may also have a number of other symptoms.
A numb pain in the hips or feet, painful ejaculation, or erectile dysfunction may also be signs of prostate cancer.
The exact cause of prostate cancer isn’t entirely known, said the NHS.
But you could have a higher risk of developing the condition if you’re over 50 years old, or have a family history of prostate cancer.
Obesity may increase your chances of the disease, while there is some evidence that a diet high in calcium could raise your risk.
Around 50,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK.
But 84 per cent of all patients live for at least another 10 years after their initial diagnosis, said Cancer Research UK.