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Male Cancer Awareness Week

Male Cancer Awareness Week starts next week from 2 – 8 April 2018.

Do you know what to look out for?

Prostate Cancer of the Prostate is the most common cancer in men.  The risk of prostate cancer increases with age and is quite rare in men under 50*.  1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives.  Prostate cancer can develop slowly, so there might be no sign of symptoms for years.  It happens when the prostate has become enlarged enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) *Cancer Research UK

Symptoms may include:

  • passing urine more often, especially at night
  • difficulty in starting to urinate
  • a sudden strong urge to empty your bladder
  • weak urine flow or taking a long time to urinate
  • feeling as though your bladder has not emptied fully

Although it is important to remember that non-cancerous prostate enlargement is also a very common cause of the symptoms listed above, it is important to book an appointment with your GP as soon as you notice any symptoms.  There are 3 simple tests your GP can do to test for a prostate problem.

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is a relatively rare cancer, with approximately 2200 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year.  Around 47% of men diagnosed with this disease will be under the age of 35.  If caught at an early stage, men can expect a high cure rate with 98% of men disease free at one year. *Orchid

It is important to perform a self-check each month.  The following page on the Orchid charity website provides information on this:

It is important to remember that cancers found early are the most easily and successfully treated.

Common symptoms of testicular cancer include;

  • a small, firm, usually painless lump in or on one or both testicles
  • swelling, pain, discomfort or enlargement and hardness of the testicle
  • an unusual difference between the testicles
  • a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • a dull ache in the lower part of the abdomen, the scrotum or groin

Rarer symptoms include pain in the back, not relieved by painkillers (due to enlarged lymph glands), breast and nipple tenderness (associated with hormonal changes caused by some types of testicular cancer).

If you do find anything out of the ordinary, please book an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible.

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