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You could be mistaken for thinking you were back in the 70’s towards the end of November when there are men round you sporting varying standards of moustaches. Fear not, this is an opportunity for men to support research into prostate and testicular cancer and generally raise awareness of men’s health issues.
The prostate starts to enlarge from the age of 50 and common symptoms include the need to pass urine at night, a poor stream, dribbling and the need to visit the toilet urgently and frequently. These symptoms are common in older men. Fortunately most will not have cancer with non-cancerous prostate enlargement being far more likely. However because the symptoms are very similar, it is important to seek medical advice. The common early symptom of testicular cancer is a painless lump that develops in the testis.
We would recommend an early visit to the GP who will carry out an assessment. The advice and further tests offered will be based on the thorough assessment of the history and presenting symptoms.
GPs undertake all the necessary initial tests which may include blood tests and a scan. If our assessment detects anything untoward or if the patient remains concerned we are able to make direct referral to a specialist.
Awareness of testicular cancer is important from ages 15-45 years whereas prostate cancer typically affects those aged over 50 years. The check-up includes a detailed history of the symptoms and a simple examination. There is no need to feel embarrassed about attending as male GPs are available if preferred. Consultations are unhurried, professional and handled with sensitivity.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with 35,000 new cases annually. Testicular cancer is the commonest cancer in men aged 15-44 years with approximately 2,000 new cases in the UK annually.
The good news is that Prostate cancer is often slow-growing and for many men may never progress, cause any symptoms or require any treatment. However treatments are available if required. The outlook for testicular cancer is usually excellent with cure rates of more than 95%. Early diagnosis and treatment being the key to successful outcomes!!