Prostate can­cer is now killing more peo­ple than breast can­cer

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Prostate can­cer is now a big­ger killer than breast can­cer in the UK.

It has be­come the third most deadly form of the dis­ease, be­hind lung and bowel can­cer.

The prostate is a wal­nut-sized gland be­neath the uri­nary blad­der in men.

And while women and some men are be­com­ing more aware of the need to reg­u­larly check their breasts for changes, it is not al­ways easy for men to spot signs of prostate can­cer.

Prostate Can­cer UK’s chief An­gela Cul­hane said: “A man dies every 45 min­utes from prostate can­cer in the UK.

“We now know this dis­ease is the third big­gest can­cer killer. “That’s un­ac­cept­able. We need to turn that around.” In Scot­land, breast can­cer is still the third big­gest can­cer killer but the gap is nar­row­ing.

Al­most 900 Scots men die every year from prostate can­cer with about 1000 Scots dy­ing from breast can­cer.

More than 3000 men in Scot­land are di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer every year and al­most one third of them die.

Prostate Can­cer UK is urg­ing men to go to their GP if they have con­cerns. Symp­toms of an en­larged prostate can in­clude pass­ing urine more of­ten, need­ing to rush to the toi­let – and oc­ca­sion­ally leak­ing urine be­fore you get there, a weak urine flow, dif­fi­culty pee­ing, a feel­ing that your blad­der has not emp­tied prop­erly, wak­ing sev­eral times in the night to go to the toi­let, drib­bling urine, or blood in the urine or se­men.

The char­ity is stag­ing a se­ries of March for Men walk­ing events – in­clud­ing one in Glas­gow on June 17.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit prostate­can­

Suc­cess Re­cent breast can­cer aware­ness cam­paigns have proved highly suc­cess­ful

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