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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 prostatic enlargement.

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 please telephone:
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 Chelmsford.

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