Prostate Cancer

Did you know?

  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Western Australia, despite only affecting men.
  • In 2017, 2,093 Western Australian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Common symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Blood in your pee or semen, once or more
  • Waking frequently at night to pee
  • Sudden or urgent need to pee
  • Needing to pee more often
  • Difficulty starting or stopping peeing
  • Slow or weak flow when you pee
  • Pain when you pee
  • Dribbling at the end of peeing
  • Bladder doesn’t feel quite empty after peeing
  • Being unable to control the bladder (incontinence)
  • Unexplained weight loss.

If you have noticed any blood in your pee or semen, even if it is just once, it’s important to tell your doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker straight away.

If you have had any of the other symptoms listed for more than four weeks, tell your health professional.  It doesn’t mean you’ve got prostate cancer – often they turn out to be something less serious.  But it’s important to get checked.

If it is prostate cancer, the earlier it’s found, the greater the chance of successful treatment.

Reduce your risk

Find out more about risk factors and prevention by visiting the prostate cancer page on the Cancer Council WA website.

Prostate cancer myths and facts

Myth:  Only elderly men get prostate cancer.

Fact:  Although risk increases as men get older, about 1 in 3 prostate cancers occur in men under 65 years old.


Myth:  Difficulty peeing or peeing more often are just normal parts of getting older.

Fact:  Having problems when you pee can be an important symptom of prostate cancer, regardless of age.