Prostate Cancer Treatment Is Urgently Needed For More Than 14,000 Men In England, Charity Warns
A charity has warned that 14,000 men in England could miss out on lifesaving prostate cancer treatment. While more than 58,000 men have sought treatment for prostate cancer since the start of the pandemic, this figure is lower than would have been expected in pre-pandemic numbers. There are still too many “missing” patients, said the charity.
Many men don’t show symptoms until the disease has already spread, so the charity encourages men to use its risk assessment tool and get in touch with their GP if they are at higher risk. If someone experiences symptoms, such as difficulty urinating or needing to urinate more often, they should talk to their doctor.
Cancer UK collaborates with NHS England to track down “missing” patients that are treatable if caught early. Stephen Fry, an actor, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 following a routine health check, and Bill Turnbull, a radio presenter, have backed the campaign.
Fry said, “When I discovered I had prostate cancer, I was shocked, because I had no symptoms to suggest anything was wrong – something I later learned is very common. Luckily, it was caught early, which made it easier to treat. It’s important to check your risk and check with a doctor if you have any concerns at all – even if you feel perfectly fine as I did.”
Turnbull explained, “Despite so much progress being made in raising awareness of prostate cancer in recent years, it is crucial we don’t cease progress because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is so much easier to treat prostate cancer when it is caught early, sadly, mine wasn’t. You do not have to put off going to the doctor if you’re at risk of prostate cancer or worried about it.”
During a pandemic, people may not have wanted to visit their GPs, but they should know that the NHS is open and wants to see you. On Prostate Cancer UK’s website, you can use the risk checker to learn more about your risk and what you can do.
The most prevalent cancer occurring in men is prostate cancer. Despite this, many people felt hesitant to visit their GP during this public health crisis, especially when they have no symptoms. However, most men with early prostate cancer do not experience any symptoms.
The acting chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, Nicola Tallett, warned that more men would miss out on treatment if things didn’t change soon. It means that men at higher risk of the disease are not having those vital conversations about their risk that could lead to a diagnosis. This is why we’re working with NHS England to raise awareness about men’s risk factors and motivate them to take our risk checker. Peter Johnson, National Health Service England’s clinical director for cancer, added that the prostate cancer risk checker is an “easy way to find out if you are at risk for prostate cancer and what you can do about it. For those yet to be seen, the prognosis is much better the earlier we see them. However, we need to see them as soon as possible. Remember, prostate cancer often does not show any symptoms early. Don’t wait to check your risk – it could save your life.