In 2020 urgent Prostate Cancer referrals dropped by 52,000, this is thought to be due to the pandemic and people being reluctant to visit their GP. An early diagnosis can make a big difference, this means that thousands of men could be undiagnosed and have less chance of a cure.
It is important for men to be aware of their risk and to know the signs and symptoms and Be Cancer SAFE Rotherham are hoping to raise awareness of this.
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. There is no screening programme, but the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may help detect early prostate cancer.
There are three main risk factors for getting prostate cancer, these are things you can’t change.:
- your age, it mainly affects men aged 50 or over
- family history of prostate cancer
- being of Black or Afro-Caribbean background.
You can check your risk in 30 seconds at www.prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker. Contact your GP practice and talk about your concerns.
Signs and symptoms
- difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
- a weak flow when you urinate
- a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
- dribbling urine after you finish urinating
- needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night
- a sudden need to urinate – you may sometimes leak urine before you get to the toilet.
For further information and support, contact www.prostatecanceruk.org or see www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/.
Be Cancer SAFE is part of the Health Engagement Project, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham. You can follow their social media accounts – Facebook: @BeCancerSafeRB and Twitter: @BeCancerSafe_RB.