Prostate Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Maintaining a good level of health is a goal for us all, and when it comes to men, paying attention to prostate health is of significant importance. Prostate health is a subject that deserves attention, as prostate-related conditions can significantly impact men's quality of life. As Prostate Health Awareness month is upon us in September, we wanted to help share some awareness and what we have seen in the local area.

What is the prostate? The prostate is a small gland located just below the bladder in men. It plays a crucial role in the reproductive system, however as men age, the prostate can undergo various changes, leading to potential health issues.

How common is Prostate Cancer amongst men? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 47,500 new cases diagnosed each year. It represents approximately a quarter of all newly diagnosed cancer cases in males and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the UK representing more than 11,500 deaths annually.

Who is most at risk?

1.Age and Risk: Age is a significant risk factor for prostate cancer. Approximately 85% of prostate cancer cases occur in men aged 65 and older. However younger men can also develop prostate cancer, although the risk is relatively lower.

2.Ethnic Disparities: Prostate cancer affects men from all ethnic backgrounds. However, there are notable differences in incidence rates. Black African and Caribbean men in the UK are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer compared to men of other ethnicities.

3.Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): BPH is a non-cancerous condition that causes enlargement of the prostate gland, leading to urinary problems. It affects around 40% of men over the age of 50 in the UK, and the prevalence increases with age.

What can you do? Given the significance of prostate health, it is essential to focus on preventive measures and regular health screenings. Here are a few of my recommendations to maintain a healthy prostate:

1.Regular Check-ups: Men should undergo routine prostate health check-ups, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and examinations, as advised by healthcare professionals.

2.Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with regular exercise, can help promote overall health and reduce the risk of prostate-related conditions.

3.Awareness and Education: Spreading awareness about prostate health is crucial. Men should be encouraged to seek medical advice if they experience any unusual symptoms, such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, or blood in the urine.

If you would like any further advice regarding your Prostate Health, please contact your MyGP Clinic concierge.

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By David Maguire


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