Yet it receives a fraction of the funding for research. It is the most common cancer in men in the UK. With over 35,000 men each year diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and over 10,000 men each year dying of Prostate Cancer.
Prostate Cancer rarely kills men if it strikes late in life (Men in their 70s). However many men develop no symptoms at all, but those who do tend to have difficulty passing urine. The initial detection of Prostate Cancer is done with simple blood test, called a PSA test. This can usually be carried out by the GP and will inform the GP of the level of protein in the blood stream. High levels of PSA can indicate Prostate Cancer, BUT the test can be positive or negative for other reasons and does not provide a diagnosis.
The GP may carry out a DRE examination to determine the size and external texture of the Prostate Gland. A PSA test can detect cancer 6 to 13 years before symptoms are experienced. Age / Race & Family History are all associated with risk of Prostate Cancer. If the PSA is raised and the Prostate Gland feels enlarged, further tests maybe needed. Prostate Cancer if caught in the early stages, can in most cases be cured.
My life was turned upside down in February 2006 after a series of tests starting with prostate specific antigen (PSA) test I was told that I had a Gleason score of 9, stage 4 metastatic, aggressive with hormone treatment to lower the PSA and testosterone levels being the only treatment available until it would become castrate resistent SO my cancer was descibed as incurable prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer is the leading cancer in men in the UK
The number of Prostate Cancer deaths per day in the UK
The number of NEW Prostate Cancer cases diagnosed every day
% of men surviving 10 years + after cancer diagnosis
To “RAISE THE AWARENESS” of Prostate Cancer in Wales. “EVERY MAN should have access to the treatment that is best for his cancer and his lifestyle.” Leaflets and booklets about Prostate Cancer need to be more readily available across Wales.
To provide A LINK to those seeking where to get ADVICE & GUIDANCE on Prostate Cancer as well as information on events and how to become involved, as the number of men needing care for Prostate Cancer is certain to rise in the next few years.
To improve and provide BETTER FACILITIES, information and meeting places for men and their families to discuss any queries they may have regarding their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle.
The PSA blood test should be at least offered as part of an annual health check for ALL men, it would then be the mans OWN choice as to whether he decides to have the health check offered to him.