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27 February 2019

Last year Prostate Cancer UK raised £825,000 to help beat prostate cancer and this year they are asking the public to join them again to help stamp out cancer.

With a host of events already planned to run throughout the year, from walks, runs and marathons to golf, cycling events and the tougher mudder challenge in April, it’s all hands on deck to support the groups aim to get better diagnosis, better treatment, better prevention and better support.

Campaigners are saying: “Take action and help us stop prostate cancer being a killer.”

About one in eight men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Some are more at risk than others, including men over 50, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men*.

Mr Alan Doherty, a Consultant Urologist at Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull said: “The key to successful treatment is down to men seeking medical help as soon as they think they may have a problem.

“Communication is key and it is well known that men tend to keep things bottled up when it comes to medical issues, but that really is the worst thing they can do.”

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, accounting for around a quarter of male cancer diagnoses.**

Mr Doherty added: “Early prostate cancer may have no symptoms so don’t wait for them to appear. If you are 50 years old you should be getting yourself checked. That age drops to 45 if you are black or have a father or brother who has had prostate cancer.

“Some men may develop urinary problems, often mild and occur over a number of years, perhaps indicating a benign prostate problem.

The best course of action is to visit your GP. They can carry out a simple examination that could be followed by a blood test - there is no need to be frightened or embarrassed.

“My advice is don’t wait. If you are in an ‘at risk’ category or have any concerns about your health, speak up and seek advice – the sooner the better,” said Mr Doherty.

Q: How quickly could I have a consultation, and how much would it cost? 

A: It depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted to see, but we pride ourselves on getting you fast access to diagnosis and you can often get a consultation within 24/48 hours. Initial consultation fees vary by consultant, but around £175 is a reasonable guide.

Q: If I need surgery, how quickly could I have it?

A: We have no waiting lists at Spire Parkway, but again, it depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted, but as a guide, and subject to your pre-operation assessment, between one and two weeks. 

Q: I don’t have health insurance, can I self-pay? 

A: Yes, you can. Our self-pay team can talk you through this and explain the finance options that are available, should you wish to explore them. Call 0121 704 5530, or send an enquiry.

*source www.prostatecanceruk.org

**source www.cancerresearchuk.org

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