Prostate Cancer UK have recently launched the ‘Stronger Knowing More‘ campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer within the black community.
- 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime – compared to 1 in 8 white men
- Only 14% of black men are aware that they are more at risk from prostate cancer
- Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men (skin cancer is the most common)
- 11,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year (that’s approx. 1 man every hour)
- It’s not clearly linked to any preventable risk factors
Only 20% of men are aware that they have a prostate. So what is it?
The prostate is a gland typically the size of a walnut located below the bladder. The main function of the prostate is it to produce fluid for semen.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
- Needing to urinate more often than usual (including at night)
- Difficulty starting to urinate or to control the flow of urination
- Pain when ejaculating
- Lower back pain
Who’s most at risk?
- Black men over the age of 45
- If your father or brother has had prostate cancer you’re two and a half times more at risk
- If your mother or sister has had breast cancer you may also be more at risk
What should you do if you’re in one of the high risk groups?
- Book a consultation with your GP to discuss any symptoms
- Your GP may get you to do a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Blood Test, Urine Test and/or a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE)
- The PSA Test is just a simple blood test which measures the level of PSA. Higher levels of PSA may indicate prostate cancer
- The urine test will check for blood or an infection which could be causing any of your symptoms
- A DRE will be performed to feel for any abnormality with the prostate
84% of men who get diagnosed with prostate cancer go onto survive it by at least 10 years. When detected early the survival rate is 98%, however if detected late the survival rate drops to less than 26%. Time really is of the essence. If you or someone you know is in one of the high risk groups and slightly worried about visiting a GP – you can also speak to one of Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses about any symptoms or concerns.
Phone: 0800 074 8383
Text: Text ‘NURSE’ to 70004
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