According to recent research commissioned by The Prostate Cancer Charity, two thirds of men who have an increased risk of prostate cancer are not aware that a blood test, called the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, can give an early indication of the disease which kills one man every hour in the UK.
Throughout March, in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, The Foscote Hospital in Banbury will be raising awareness of prostate cancer by encouraging the local communityto find out more about thecommon symptoms of the disease.
Mr Jeremy Crew, Consultant Urologist Surgeon at The Foscote Hospital explains, “Every day I see the effect prostate cancer can have on men and their families. Diagnosing the disease early is crucial in improving a patient’s chances for survival. That is why we are urging men of all ages to educate themselves and be aware of the common symptoms of prostate cancer. These common symptoms 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. If men suffer from any combination of these symptoms, are over 60 years old, have a family history of the disease or have any concerns, they should consult their GP or seek advice from a specialist.”
Gill Faure, Executive Director at The Foscote Hospital, comments, “37,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK yet over 70% of adults in the UK have no knowledge of the common symptoms and treatment of prostate cancer. We hope that through this awareness campaign, men will develop a better understanding of the signs and the preventative measures that can be taken to ensure they are not at risk. This disease is the most common form of cancer in men and we hope that through better education and awareness more men will be diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.”
The Foscote Hospital nameoffers tests and health assessments that can help detect early signs of the disease. 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.