HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

DR Mike Clark, clin­i­cal lead for urol­ogy at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Mac­cles­field THE preven­tion and early de­tec­tion of can­cer is one of the CCG’s pri­or­i­ties. That’s why I’m sup­port­ing Prostate Can­cer Aware­ness Month this March.

The month aims to in­crease aware­ness of the can­cer and raise money for Prostate Can­cer UK so the char­ity can pro­vide even bet­ter sup­port to suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies. So why not visit www.prostate­can­ceruk. org for ad­vice on signs and symp­toms, to find out if you’re at risk and to get fundrais­ing ideas?

Prostate can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in men, with around 36,000 di­ag­nosed in the UK ev­ery year. Most are men over the age of 50.

Re­search sug­gests there may be a link be­tween obe­sity and prostate can­cer, while men who ex­er­cise reg­u­larly are found to be at lower risk.

We would en­cour­age all in­di­vid­u­als to op­ti­mise their health through healthy eat­ing, ex­er­cise, ap­pro­pri­ate weight re­duc­tion, smok­ing ces­sa­tion and safe al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

Symp­toms in­clude an in­creased need to uri­nate, par­tic­u­larly at night, and a feel­ing that your blad­der is slow to empty or has not fully emp­tied.

While symp­toms shouldn’t be ig­nored, they don’t mean you have prostate can­cer. The ma­jor­ity of men with uri­nary symp­toms have non-can­cer­ous disease.

Prostate can­cer usu­ally pro­gresses very slowly so you can live for decades with­out symp­toms or need­ing treat­ment.

There is no sin­gle test but the most com­mon are blood tests, biopsy or phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of the prostate.

Some cases can be cured if treated early. Treat­ments in­clude ra­dio­ther­apy, hor­mone ther­apy or re­moval of the prostate. All treat­ments carry a risk of sig­nif­i­cant side ef­fects. Newer treat­ments such as high-in­ten­sity fo­cused ul­tra­sound aim to re­duce side ef­fects.

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