Fam­ily Link With Prostate Prob­lem

The People's Friend - - Health -

New re­search shows very few men are aware of the im­por­tance of fam­ily links when it comes to prostate can­cer, and too few GPS ask them about fam­ily his­tory.

The worry is that men are 2.5 times more likely to de­velop the dis­ease if it has af­fected their fa­ther or brother, so it is very im­por­tant to find out if their male rel­a­tives have a his­tory of prostate prob­lems. The good news is that prostate can­cer is eas­ily dealt with if di­ag­nosed early – 99% of men whose tu­mour is spot­ted at a very early stage sur­vive for at least 10 years, com­pared to 22% if di­ag­no­sis is late.

All men over fifty are el­i­gi­ble for a blood test which gives a bet­ter idea of risk, and fur­ther scans or biop­sies can give a de­fin­i­tive di­ag­no­sis.

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