Typically men are often coerced into going to the doctors by their partners, and treating cancer can be a race against time and prolonging diagnosis by not talking about it, only harms the chance of a successful outcome.
Mr Subramanian Ravichandran, Consultant Urologist says “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. Although prostate cancer largely aslow growing disease, early detection really does save lives particularly in young patients (50s & 60s) and the ones with high grade disease. 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 simple, quick and painless. The longer symptoms persist in most male cancers, the more difficult treatment becomes.”
The 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:
• Blood in the urine
• Recent onset of back pain
• Difficulties in passing urine
• Rushing to the toilet to pass urine
• Passing urine more frequently, especially at night
• Pain, discomfort or a lump in the testicle or scrotum
• Burning sensation during urination
• A penile rash
• Blood in the semen
• 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.
For more information on male cancer, please call 01925 215029 or visit www.spirehealthcare.com