Prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men living in Scotland with 3,200 cases diagnosed in 2016.

Many of the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to other conditions so, if you are experiencing any of those mentioned below, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. However, it's still important to visit your doctor.  

  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine.
  • Passing urine more often and/or at night.
  • Difficulty starting and stopping the flow of urine.
  • Discomfort (pain or burning) whilst passing urine.
  • A feeling of not having emptied the bladder fully.
  • Dribbling of urine.
  • Blood in urine or semen.
  • Pain in the back, hips or pelvis.

If you regularly experience any of these it is important that you see your GP straight away. 

Worried about a friend or family member?

If you know someone who is concerned about any of these symptoms, encourage them to visit their doctor. It’s probably nothing serious but it could be a sign of something that needs treatment.

For more information about prostate cancer visit NHS Inform or call 0800 0121 833.


  1. Prostate cancer affects 1 in 10 men in Scotland and is the most common cancer amongst men.
  2. In 2014, 3,200 cases of prostate cancer were newly diagnosed in Scotland.
  3. Age is an important factor with 9 out of 10 men diagnosed over the age of 60.
  4. While the number of people diagnosed with prostate cancer in Scotland has increased, so have survival rates.

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