Men aged 50 and above are being encouraged to get themselves checked early if they are experiencing any prostate cancer symptoms.
The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has issued the plea as part of Prostate Awareness Month in March. Latest figures from Prostate UK show that 947 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one in eight diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. Older men over the age of 50, men with a family history of relatives with prostate cancer or breast cancer and Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer.
The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the better chances of successful treatment.
Men are encouraged to contact their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:
· urinating more often: especially during night
· difficulty starting to urinate or dribbling urine
· straining or taking a long time to urinate
· feeling that their bladder has not emptied properly
· needing to rush to the toilet, and occasionally leaking before they get there.
Dr Bhushan Rao, a GP in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, said:
“Spotting cancer early saves lives. We are urging local men to get clued up on prostate cancer, so that they contact their doctor if they experience any of the signs and symptoms associated with the disease.
“There are no guaranteed ways to prevent against prostate cancer, but there are some lifestyle changes that men can make to reduce the risk of developing the disease. A healthy diet and active lifestyle can improve general wellbeing and can also reduce the risk of developing many other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and other forms of cancers.”