Expert shares five prostate cancer warning signs you should get checked out
Mr Doherty is a consultant urologist at Spire Parkway Hospital and he said the main early signs of prostate cancer all "revolve around urinating.
"You may find it difficult to urinate, need to urinate more often (often during the night), have a weak flow of urine and feel as if your bladder isn't completely empty even after you've urinated.
"A painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation, as well as blood in semen and urine, could also indicate that a person has prostate cancer. When prostate cancer spreads, it often affects nearby bones, which can cause pain and tenderness in these bones.
"It is important to note that the signs of prostate cancer are also shared by many other, less-serious conditions of the prostate. For example, benign prostate enlargement, common in older men, can cause similar symptoms."
These include "being aged over 50, being of Afro-Caribbean or African descent, having a family history of prostate cancer and being overweight or obese."
"Treatment is more effective when prostate cancer is detected in its earlier stages. There is no cure for advanced prostate cancer, but it is often treatable for quite some time. Many people outlive their condition. Often the prostate cancer grows slowly, and there are now effective treatment options that extend life even further."
"On the NHS, you can ask your GP for a blood test to check for levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is often raised by prostate cancer, from age 50. If you have a family history of prostate cancer or are of Afro-Caribbean or African descent, you can ask your GP for a PSA test from age 45.
"However, if you have worrying prostate symptoms, you should see your GP as soon as possible to have a physical prostate exam, PSA test and urine test."