Duradiamond Healthcare Supports Prostate Cancer’s March for Men

Prostate cancer has now overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

Duradiamond Healthcare supports Prostate Cancer’s March for Men.

Each year, about 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK. It affects about one in eight men in the UK at some point in their lives and most cases develop in men over the age of 65.

Who is at risk?

  • Men over 50
  • If you have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Caribbean/African men over 45
  • Overweight men or men who smoke.

You may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.

What are the symptoms?

Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms. Changes may include (but are not limited to):

  • Difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
  • A weak flow when you urinate or a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
  • Dribbling urine after you finish urinating or needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • A sudden urge to urinate – you may sometimes leak before you get to the toilet.

These symptoms can also be caused by other things that aren’t prostate cancer but it is still a good idea to get any symptoms checked by your GP.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

If a doctor suspects that you may have prostate cancer, he or she will usually:

  • Examine the prostate
  • Do a blood test
  • A biopsy may be done to confirm the diagnosis – new studies show that an MRI scan can be used effectively instead.

Treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy, hormone treatment and, less commonly, chemotherapy. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments is used.

The outlook for prostate cancer is varies. Some prostate cancers are slow-growing and do not affect life expectancy. On the other hand, some have already spread to other parts of the body when they are diagnosed.

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