Are you one of the 17% of men that don’t know you have a prostate? Are you one of the 54% who do not know where it is? Are you one of the 92% who don’t know what it does?
The statistics around how well British men know their body and this vital but potentially dangerous gland are deeply worrying for those in the medical profession. 40,000 men are diagnosed each year in the UK with Prostate Cancer, making the Prostate the leading cause of cancer in men.
The survey commissioned by Prostate Cancer UK reveals that the majority of men are at risk of missing the signs or delaying treatment of prostate cancer by the very fact that they do not know how it works in the first place. How then can we spot signs when something is wrong?
The prostate is a walnut size gland below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Its role is to produce the fluid that keeps sperm alive and has a direct effect on a man’s sexual function and ability to ejaculate. It’s surprising that, on average, a man in Britain thinks about sex 34 times a day but has no idea about some of the anatomy on which we depend to have it.
Prostate cancer kills nearly 11,000 men each year. Symptoms that may indicate the disease are:
- Having to urinate more often;
- Urgency when urinating;
- Difficulty starting to urinate;
- Weak or long flow;
- Feeling that your bladder is not fully emptying;
- On occasions blood in urine in pain in the bones and joints around the groin can also be an indicator.
Men of all ages can be affected by Prostate cancer but those aged 50 and over are at highest risk, and should speak to their GP if they are having any unusual symptoms. Those with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are also at increased risk of developing the disease.
All men over 50 can ask their GP for screening tests if they are worried about prostate cancer. A PSA test looks for raised levels of a Prostate Specific Antigen which may indicate cancer. Your GP can tell you more about this simple test.
Prostate Cancer UK also provides useful guides and information on their website – http://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information.
So let’s not ignore our Prostate any longer and take the first step in ending cancer for all; learning and talking about it.
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