Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness month this March and is keen to share the signs and symptoms that all men should be aware of.

Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer.

Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.

A total of £3,800,000 has been invested in research in the year to shift the science in the areas of improving diagnosis and treatment.

With the support of the general public, 11 new research awards have been funded to help develop better tests and better treatments for men.

Laurie Fergusson, public health lead for healthy lifestyles at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms, but if you’re worried about your risk or are experiencing any symptoms, visit your GP.

“It’s important to take note of the symptoms that can present themselves, as catching it early can make a lot of difference.”

Changes to look out for include:

– Needing to urinate more often than usual, including at night – for example if you often need to go again after two hours

– Difficulty starting to urinate

– Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating

– A weak flow when you urinate

– A feeling that you’re not emptying your bladder fully

– Needing to rush to the toilet – sometimes leaking before you get there

– Dribbling urine after you finish.

Less common symptoms include:

– Pain when urinating

– Pain when ejaculating

– Blood in your urine or semen*

– Problems getting or keeping an erection – this isn’t a common symptom of a prostate problem and is more often linked to other health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems.

*Blood in your urine or semen can be caused by other health problems. Talk to your doctor if you see any blood in your urine or semen.

Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘March for Men’ is a series of walking events raising money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. To get involved, visit www.marchformen.org

 

NEW CASES:

 – 312 new cases of PC in ERY males in 2014 (an average of 323 per year over the last 10 years)

– The age standardised rate of new cases of PC is on the increase since 2001, following National trends.  ERY generally has a higher rate historically of new cases of PC, but in 2014 the age standardised rate for new cases in ERY was lower than England

 

MORTALITY:

– 77 ERY deaths in 2014 from PC (an average of 70 per year over the past 10 years)

– The ERY age standardised rate of deaths PC has generally been on the decrease since 2006, following National trends.

– Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer live it, rather than dying from it.