Don't die of embarrassment – Take the prostate test

17 March 2016

It is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer claiming 10,000 lives a year but it seems that many men are still putting off a visit to their doctors for a very quick test that can tell them if they are in the clear or if they need treatment.

And it is this delay that is responsible for many prostate cancer deaths according to Consultant Urological surgeon  and Director of The Bristol Urological Institute Mr Anthony Koupparis

Now Anthony Koupparis, who practises at Spire Bristol Hospital, is urging everyone to bring the subject into the open in order to encourage men to ‘take the test’.

"I would encourage all men to have an assessment for prostate cancer. It involves a simple blood test and an examination of the prostate. The examination involves placing a finger in the bottom and feeling the prostate. Some men are embarrassed by the thought of this but it is very quick and painless, and has the potential to save a man’s life.

I want people to use Awareness Month to discuss prostate cancer and help men overcome their reluctance to get themselves tested,” he said.

There are multiple factors involved in the development of prostate cancer. The risk increases that in men over 50 years of age, and is also more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent.

Furthermore, prostate cancer has a strong family history, with men whose father or brother have been affected by prostate cancer are also at higher risk of being affected themselves.

There is a lot of misinformation regarding the diagnosis of prostate cancer and sometimes men find it quite overwhelming. I feel strongly that men should not use this as a reason to ignore the subject but come and see a specialist who will explain the issues and give you the best advice depending on your case.

“The good news is that, if spotted in time, prostate cancer is very treatable with latest figures showing that vast majority of those treated are likely to survive,” MR Koupparis  added.

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Prostate Cancer Facts

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
  • Over 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's more than 120 men every day.
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 10,500 men every year.
  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.


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