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  • AGGRESSIVE PROSTATE CANCER LINKED TO FAULTY BRCA2 GENE
    New research has revealed why men with a family history of prostate cancer, and who also carry the BRCA2 gene fault, have a more aggressive form of prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer signs and symptoms
    Signs and symptoms in prostate cancer are usually not noticed until the cancer is advanced. As the tumour in the prostate gland grows, it may interfere with bladder function causing symptoms related to urinary function.
  • WORKING DURING AND AFTER CANCER TREATMENT – MORE SUPPORT NEEDED
    Coming back to work after cancer treatment, or working during, will not come as easy as before diagnosis.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men. The risk of developing prostate cancer before the age of 85 is 1 in 5.

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The prostate.cancerresearch site provides news, information and leading opinions on prostate cancer treatment, prevention, diagnosis and cure. Our topics include information on prostate cancer, prostate cancer symptoms, risk, screening, treatment options as well as the latest related prostate cancer research news.

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Our growing collection of articles is not designed to provide medical or professional advice and is for support and information only. If you have any health problems or questions please consult your doctor.

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer develops in the walnut-sized prostate gland below the bladder – the gland responsible for making and storing seminal fluid (the liquid that nourishes sperm).

When prostate cancer develops, cells in this gland grow more quickly than they should, forming a malignant lump or tumour...

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In most cases of prostate cancer, the cause is unknown, and it is not known how the disease may be prevented. However, it is known that the chance of developing prostate cancer increases with age. A family history of prostate cancer is also a risk factor.

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The symptoms of prostate cancer can include frequent urination, especially at night, sudden or urgent need to urinate and blood in the urine or semen.

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Most prostate cancers are found during a rectal examination (when a doctor feels for an enlarged prostate gland with his/her finger), and/or a type of blood test called the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Other tests include a trans-rectal ultrasound (inserting a probe into the rectum), and trans-rectal MRI, an imaging test that takes pictures of the prostate and nearby tissue.

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If the cancer is found at an early stage, is slow-growing and is not causing any symptoms, active surveillance (watchful waiting) may be considered appropriate.

For other men, other types of treatment may be given, including surgery and radiation therapy...

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After treatment for prostate cancer, regular follow-up examinations need to be done to look for any signs of the cancer returning, as well as to check for any late effects caused by treatment.

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