8th June 2009
Each year, over 37,000 men are diagnosed with testicular or prostate cancer with prostate cancer leading to over 10,000 deaths annually.
Early detection and ready access to diagnostic facilities are helping to increase survival rates, but better awareness is needed in order to encourage men to actively seek help.
Spire Bristol Hospital is supporting Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month in June by urging men to seek help, rather than suffer in silence.
Typically men are often coerced into going to the doctors by their partners with 80% of all GP appointments made by worried wives or partners who are often more aware of health issues.
Treating cancer can be a race against time and prolonging diagnosis by not talking about it, only harms the chance of a successful outcome.
Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter, Medical Director at Spire Healthcare comments: “The biggest problem with male cancers, and prostate cancer in particular, is that by the time the first symptoms become apparent, the tumour has usually spread. Early detection really does help save lives and it is therefore vitally important for men displaying any symptoms to contact their GP immediately or at least discuss their health concerns with their partners. Screening tests are simply, quick and painless. The longer symptoms persist, the more difficult treatment becomes.”
The Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month not only aims to increase awareness among men as well as women about the symptoms of male cancers, but to also provide funding for vital research and treatments into these cancers. Improved hospital facilities are also contributing to more successful surgical outcomes.
Top tips for spotting the potential symptoms of male cancer include:
• Difficulties in passing urine
• Rushing to the toilet to pass urine
• Passing urine more frequently, especially at night
• Increased frequency of urination
• Pain, discomfort or a lump in the testicle or scrotum
• Burning sensation during urination
• A penile rash
• Blood in the semen or urine
• A dull ache in the groin or lower abdomen
These symptoms can also be caused by conditions other than cancer, but it’s best to have them checked out.