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Healthcheck: Prostate cancer


Some of the experiences of prostate cancer survivors have been turned into a play by the UK-based Prostate Cancer Charity

The commonest cancer in men is prostate cancer. Because it's a gland that's deep inside the body it's known as the hidden cancer - and many men are embarrassed to talk about it.

The prostate produces fluid which carries sperm from the body. It's located close to the bladder - so difficulty passing urine or even needing go more often at night are signs that men might want to get checked out.

Some men are more at risk of prostate cancer than others. Statistics show that if your father or brother have had prostate cancer then you are two and a half times more likely to develop it yourself.

Some of the experiences of prostate cancer survivors like Denton Wilson have been into a play called Couples by the UK-based Prostate Cancer Charity.

Denton's moving story revolves round how he found his long-lost father in Jamaica, only to discover he was dying of prostate cancer. This alerted him to get himself checked out and he was successfully treated.

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