Men United’ against prostate cancer
Prostate cancer claims the life of one man every hour in the UK. That means that the disease is killing more than 10,000 men a year.
As a response, we’re backing a national Men United campaign fronted by comedian Bill Bailey this month (March) to urge men aged 50 or over to seek medical advice if they spot any of the symptoms.
Launched by Prostate Cancer UK, the campaign highlights symptoms including:
- Needing to go for a pee more often, especially at night – for example if you often need to go again two hours after urinating
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
- A weak flow when you urinate
- A feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly
- Needing to rush to the toilet – you may occasionally leak before you get there
- Dribbling urine.
Men that are experiencing these symptoms should call Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit the prostate cancer website Alternatively, men can make an appointment with their GP.
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50, and the risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 70 and 74. The risk of getting prostate cancer is very low for men under 50.
Men are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if their father or brother has been diagnosed with it while black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than men of other ethnic backgrounds.
Treatment depends on whether the cancer is contained in the prostate gland or has spread but options include radiotherapy, hormone therapy, ultrasound treatment and chemotherapy.
It is the most common cancer for men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed every year, with over 250,000 men already living with the disease across the UK.
The prostate is a vital organ that needs to be cared for yet most men don’t know where it is or what it does and it is the most common cancer in me. If symptoms are recognised early treatment can be started as soon as it is needed. Take the quiz to find out how much you know about the prostate.
A good healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the disease so men are being asked to exercise vigorously for half an hour at least three times a week, and to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Prostate Cancer UK funds vital research into tests, treatments and causes of prostate cancer. Anyone wishing to fund its work should visit their website for lots of great ideas.