01 November 2017
Men are advised to make time for ‘man talk’ as part of the national Movember campaign – the month that aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
Two of the biggest ‘men only’ killers are prostate and testicular cancer, both of which are very treatable if diagnosed early.
Mr Richard Robinson, a Consultant Urologist at Spire Portsmouth Hospital said: “The key to successful treatment is early diagnosis, which is dependent on men recognising that they might have a problem and seeking medical help as soon as possible.
“It is well known that men are more likely to keep things bottled up when it comes to health issues but that really is the worst thing they can do. Growing a moustache in support of Movember is great but it’s when the talking starts that we know we are making progress.”
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men with over 41,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year, claiming approximately 10,500 lives while around 2,300 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed annually.
Men over 50 years of age are most likely to develop prostate cancer whereas it is men aged 25 to 49 who are most at risk from testicular cancer.
Mr Robinson added: “Early prostate cancer often has no symptoms so don’t wait for them to appear. If you are 50 years old you should think seriously about getting yourself checked. That age drops to 45 if you are black or have a father or brother who has had prostate cancer.
“It’s a simple examination, usually followed by a blood test - there is no need to be frightened or embarrassed.”
Prostate Cancer UK figures show that one in four black men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives whereas the number of other men is one in eight.
Symptoms for testicular cancer include swelling or a lump in a testicle, which is usually painless but can become painful as it increases in size or a dull ache, pain or heaviness in the scrotum.
“Once again men seem to find it difficult to discuss this with others but swift action really can save lives. Don’t wait until it becomes painful, act as soon as you discover a lump, again - early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment” said Mr Robinson.
Mr Richard Robinson is a Consultant Urologist practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.
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