United in making men aware of prostate cancer

Comedian Bill Bailey is helping the Men United campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer
Comedian Bill Bailey is helping the Men United campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer
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DOCTOR CALLING: By Dr Kevin Hill

Men – do you know your prostate from your elbow?

March 2015 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – and not a moment too soon. Every man has one, it’s important for their sex life yet few men know anything about their prostate or what can go wrong with it.

According to a survey of men aged 45+ by Prostate Cancer UK, 70% of them knew nothing about their prostate or the symptoms of prostate cancer.

South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the GP-led organisation that funds local health services, is backing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. The prostate often enlarges as men get older, but for two-thirds of men aged 50 or over this doesn’t cause any problems.”

“In some cases, however, an enlarged prostate can press on the tube carrying urine from the bladder and cause urinary problems.

“When this happens, you may notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. “Other less common symptoms include pain in the lower back and blood in the urine. While these symptoms do not mean you definitely have prostate cancer – they shouldn’t be ignored. You should see your GP if you are concerned.”

Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK) is the charity that is responsible for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. There is extensive information about all things prostate on their web site at www.prostatecanceruk.org

This year, in turn, the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month campaign is supporting PCUK’s long running prostate awareness campaign – Men United.

You can find out more about Men United at http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org/ or follow the latest developments on Twitter using #MenUnited