Knowing the signs and symptoms
As March marks Prostate Cancer Awareness month we share the key things our urologists believe all men should know about the disease; from knowing the signs and symptoms as well as the risk factors and understanding more about PSA tests. It’s also important to be aware of the latest treatments and innovations, which can increase patient choice and improve outcomes. By being better informed we believe more men will be encouraged to come forward to get checked and those facing a diagnosis will feel more empowered.
Mr Philip Charlesworth, Consultant Urological Surgeon at GenesisCare explains why understanding the disease is so important “I’ve treated prostate cancer patients for a number of years, and over that time have seen a significant lack of understanding of the disease which can lead to a delay in getting help.”
Previous research conducted by GenesisCare and Prostate Cancer Research has shown that nearly a fifth (19%) of people surveyed were not able to identify any of the symptoms of prostate cancer. Although prostate cancer is generally detected at an early point just through a PSA blood test, ensuring people are aware of the main symptoms and therefore able to raise any concerns with a healthcare professional is really important. The symptoms could be a sign of something else, however if it is cancer then an early diagnosis can lead to greater treatment options and improved outcomes.
The main symptoms for men to be aware of are:
- Difficulty in starting urination
- Finding it hard to fully empty your bladder or feeling like your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
- Weak urine flow
- Leaking of urine, this might be just before or after you go to the toilet
- Needing to urinate more often, particularly during the night
- Sudden urges to urinate
In the video below Mr Charlesworth explains more about the prostate, its function and the symptoms associated with a potential prostate issue.