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Online tool lets you check your risk of prostate cancer in just 30 seconds

AROUND one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and your risk increases with age.

A new online tool can help you assess your risk of the illness in just 30 seconds.

Your risk of developing prostate cancer develops with age and mainly affects men over 50.

The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland, that men have.

It sits around the urethra - the tube a bloke pees and ejaculates from - between the penis and the bladder.

The main point of the prostate is to produce the fluid which mixes with sperm to create semen - making it pretty vital for reproduction.

But, like all organs in the body, it can be invaded by cancer - when cells in the gland start to grow uncontrollably.

Men with early prostate cancer don't have symptoms so it's important that you know your risk.

The first question you will be asked is your age.

If you're under 45, 45-49 or 50 or older.

Prostate Cancer UK says the most common age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years.

While if you’re under 50, your risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is very low, that charity said it is still possible.

You are then asked if your father or brother has ever had the disease - this is to check for any family history of the illness.

The charity said that this is because families have common factors such as their genes.

It states: "Inside every cell in our body is a set of instructions called genes. These are passed down (inherited) from our parents.

"Genes control how the body grows, works and what it looks like. If something goes wrong with one or more genes (known as a gene fault or mutation), it can sometimes cause cancer.

"If people in your family have prostate cancer or breast cancer, it might increase your own risk of getting prostate cancer. This is because you may have inherited the same faulty genes."

What are the five warning signs of prostate cancer?

So you've established your risk of prostate cancer with the handy tool from Prostate Cancer UK - but what are the signs and symptoms of the illness?

  1. Frequent urination - particularly at night
  2. Blood in urine or semen
  3. Sudden erectile dysfunction
  4. Painful or burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating
  5. Difficulty stopping or starting urinating

Who has a prostate?

What is prostate cancer?

The cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way.

Some cancers grow slowly so won't affect how long you live and because of this many men don't need treatment.

Prostate Cancer UK said: "But some prostate cancer grows quickly and is more likely to spread. This is more likely to cause problems and needs treatment to stop it spreading."

It added that you are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father had the illness.

Other questions include further detail about your ethnicity - this is because black men are most at risk of prostate cancer.

In the UK around one in four black men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime.

The charity said it is not clear why the risk is higher for black men.

Depending on your answers you could be prompted to speak to your GP to talk about a PSA blood test.

This is a test that helps detect prostate cancer and measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood.

It won't detect all prostate cancers and a PSA score greater than 4.0 ng/ml is considered abnormal.

The risk checker tool has been developed by Prostate Cancer UK in order to help people understand their risks of prostate cancer.

It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK and while no one knows how to fully prevent prostate cancer, experts say that a healthy diet might help.

Prostate Cancer UK says: "Being overweight may increase your risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer that’s aggressive (more likely to spread) or advanced (cancer that has spread outside the prostate).

"Eating healthily and keeping active can help you stay a healthy weight."

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