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Prostate Cancer Awareness


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What is prostate cancer?

The prostate is a small gland which forms part of the reproductive system in men. Situated between the bladder and the penis, the prostate glands main function is to make the thick white fluid which mixes with semen1. When cells in the prostate turn cancerous, they begin to divide uncontrollably causing masses (tumours) to develop.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and yet few men know how to recognise the signs of prostate cancer, or seek medical advice until symptoms become severe.

Learning about prostate cancer 

“I wasn't the sort of person that worried about my health. I didn’t even discuss my symptoms with my sister.” David Smith, prostate cancer sufferer.

David’s attitude towards his health is very common, and unfortunately in David’s case, by the time he did visit a doctor with his symptoms, his prostate cancer had spread outside of the prostate gland, making treatment more difficult. Had David been aware of prostate cancer and its symptoms his prognosis might have been difference.

Driving prostate cancer understanding

Awareness campaigner and prostate cancer sufferer, David Child Hopkins, believes prostate cancer awareness is equally important for women too. “It's always the wives and partners who take the literature we hand out on prostate cancer. Men will often look the other way, but it is the women who take the information home and read it.”

Even after a diagnosis, learning about prostate cancer can make a difference to the treatments a patient chooses. Joining local support organisations for prostate cancer can also provide a support system for the patient and help them to make decisions on how their prostate cancer is managed.

Reference:
1. NHS Choices – Prostate cancer. Date last update: 14.02.11. Website:
www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer-of-the-prostate/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

10536 Revised November 2012

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