As part of Movember, this week we will be looking at prostate cancer.
In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 8 men will suffer from prostate cancer. The more at risk groups include older men (your risk increases from the age of 50), black men, and men with a family history of prostate cancer. It may also be that weight is a risk factor, so staying an important weight is important not just to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, but also from other weight-related illnesses such as heart disease.
Any change in urination is often the first sign of an issue with the prostate – this doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer though, it could be an enlarged prostate, or inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis). It is important to get this checked out as soon as you notice an issue – this could drastically increase your chances of recovery from whatever is causing the problem, and in the case of prostate cancer is particularly vital. This could mean that you have to get up during the night, you are having difficulty actually passing urine, or feeling that your bladder isn’t emptying properly, amongst other things.
If you’re reluctant to go to your GP, Prostate Cancer UK has specialist nurses that you can call – the number is 0800 074 8383. Often there is no major problem and nothing to worry about, but its important that you get checked out just in case.
Prostate Cancer UK has lots of different types of support, depending on what suits you best. You can talk to their specialist nurses, you can attend one of their support groups, they also have an online community so you can share your experience with others. Their website is packed full of information and help, for sufferers and their support network. You can also read about the latest research in prostate cancer and the treatments available. They take you through the whole process, from going for a test, to treatment, to recovery. Lots of great information and resources available on their website.
Cancer Research UK also has a lot of useful information.
Have you been affected by prostate cancer, either personally or through somebody you know? If so, if you want to share your story please either comment below, or you can send me an email.