Prostate cancer rate passes 40,000 cases in UK for first time

4 May 2012

Men need to be more aware about the dangers that prostate cancer poses to their health, following a dramatic rise in the number of cases of the disease.

According to Cancer Research UK, an estimated 40,800 men across the UK were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 - the first time that the rate of the condition has surpassed the 40,000 mark.

Cancer Research UK acknowledged that the increase in cases is partly because of the greater use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing.

This procedure involves a chemical produced by the prostate being measured, with the substance known to rise when a man is suffering from prostate cancer.

However, while PSA testing has been in effect since 1989, it is still not a part of a national cancer screening programme.

Professor Malcolm Mason, a prostate cancer expert at Cancer Research UK, said: "We urgently need to find better tests that tell us more about a man's prostate cancer. Is the disease going to sit quietly in the background and never cause a problem or do we need to treat it aggressively?"

Some of the common symptoms of prostate cancer include needing to urinate more frequently and feeling that a bladder has not emptied fully after being to the toilet.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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