With recent news of a testicular cancer scare for 27-year-old UK rap artist Professor Green, clinicians at The Clementine Churchill Hospital on Sudbury Hill are reminding men in Harrow to check themselves for symptoms associated with testicular cancer, a disease which is most common in men aged between 20 to 35 years old.
Every year over 37,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular, prostate or penile cancer. In addition, prostate cancer is the biggest male cancer killer in the UK, killing on average one man per hour, and testicular cancer is on the rise with over 2,000 men diagnosed every year in the UK. Despite this, many men are still unaware of male cancers or prefer to ignore them, according to Orchid, the charity which organises the annual Male Cancer Awareness Week.
Mr Jeremy Elkabir, Consultant Urologist at The Clementine Churchill Hospital comments; “Every day I see men and their families who suffer as a result of testicular or prostate cancer. I know early detection of these cancers can make a big difference in a patient’s outcome. Therefore, it is vital that men check themselves at least once a month for signs and symptoms of male cancers such as swelling and pain in the testicles and consider having their PSA tested, particularly if they have a family member who has been diagnosed with this condition. If men suffer from any of these, have a family history of the disease or have any concerns, they should consult their GP.”
Common symptoms for prostate problems include, difficulty starting to pass urine, a weak or dribbling urine flow, stopping and starting while passing urine, passing urine more often or at night, discomfort - including pain or burning while passing urine, a feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly, blood in urine or semen, erectile dysfunction, painful testicles and new pain in the lower back, hips or pelvis. Early prostate cancer often has no symptoms at all.
Common symptoms of testicular cancer include, a lump, swelling or enlargement of either testicle, a feeling of heaviness or an unusual collection of fluid in the scrotum, a dull ache in the groin or abdomen or growth or tenderness of upper chest. Regular self-examination will help men become more aware of the normal feel and size of their testicles so that any abnormalities can be spotted early on.
Jan Hale, Executive Director at The Clementine Churchill Hospital said, “We hope that through this awareness campaign, men will develop a better understanding of the disease and the proactive measures they can take to ensure earlier treatment if needed.”
BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital offers tests and health assessments that can help detect early signs of prostate cancer. These include the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test which is a blood test that measures the level of PSA produced by the prostate gland. Your doctor will assess these in conjunction with your overall risk from family and medical history. If you have a high level of PSA in your blood, you will need further investigations.