Norfolk men urged not to ignore possible cancer symptoms
Dan GrimmerMen across the county are being urged to seek medical advice if they experience any unusual symptoms which could be related to prostate cancer.Dan Grimmer
Men across the county are being urged to seek medical advice if they experience any unusual symptoms which could be related to prostate cancer.
This month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and NHS Norfolk wants men to keep a look out for any changes in their bodies.
There are 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK, yet it is a disease that is too rarely spoken about openly. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity, will aim to expose the unseen aspects of the disease, such as the fact it can be a taboo topic.
Dr Ian Mack, a GP and chairman of NHS Norfolk's clinical executive, said: 'We would advise anyone who has any of the following symptoms to contact their GP. The symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but they should still be checked out by a medical professional.'
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The following are symptoms which may indicate a problem with the prostate:
A weak or reduced urine flow
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Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
A feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly
Dr Mack added: 'It is equally important to remember that some men with prostate cancer may have no symptoms at all. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but if spotted and diagnosed promptly, there is treatment available.'
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. It mainly affects men over 65, although in rare cases younger men may be affected. Incidence of prostate cancer tends to be higher in Black African and Black African Caribbean men.
For help or more information call 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk .
For more details on symptoms of prostate cancer, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer-of-the-prostate .