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Its time to talk about pros...

Its time to talk about prostate cancer

By Dr Shikha Pitalia - Medical Director,

It’s Movember - a very important opportunity to raise awareness of prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed each year meaning 1 in 8 men in the UK are affected.

 

So, what are the symptoms?

In the early stages, most men don’t experience any signs or symptoms which is due to the way the cancer grows. It often only becomes apparent when the prostate is large enough to reach the urethra (the tube you urinate through) and at this stage, you may notice changes in the way you go to the toilet, such as:

  • Straining whilst urinating
  • A need to urinate more frequently
  • A weak flow when you urinate
  • Dribbling urine after you’ve finished urinating

 

If you experience any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. It does however mean you should get yourself checked as soon as possible. An enlarged prostate or another health problem is going to be the likely cause but get it looked at just to be on the safe side.

 

Who is most at risk?

Prostate cancer usually affects men over the age of 45, with the average age bracket being between 65 and 69, but it’s not unheard of for younger men to be diagnosed.

Having a family history of the disease is also an important factor. You are two and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer if a close family member such as your father or brother has had the illness. It doesn’t mean that you will also get it, but it’s important to remain mindful of the symptoms.

Catching any form of cancer early minimises the risk of it spreading and increases your chance of recovery so if you are concerned about your toilet habits, please don’t wait; seek medical advice straight away.

At Pall Mall Medical, we offer a non-invasive blood test often referred to as a ‘PSA test’ or Prostate Specific Antigen. If levels of PSA are high, this can be a sign of prostate cancer.

We offer same or next day appointments with results returned promptly, meaning that we can quickly get you on track if further investigation or treatment is required. We also offer a full Prostate Health Check with a Consultant Urologist - available at all 3 of our sites.

 

Who can I speak to or get a screening with?

Don’t live in fear of prostate cancer - get yourself checked out.  Call our team today on 03300 58 44 55, complete our online booking form or email us on gp@pallmallmedical.co.uk.