Doctors across the Blackburn with Darwen area are supporting prostate cancer awareness month this March and hoping to educate local men about the disease.
It is estimated that by 2030 it will be the most common cancer across the UK.
Prostate cancer is more common among older men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
Most men in the early stages of prostate cancer do not have any symptoms or may seem quite mild and happen over many years.
For some men the first noticeable symptoms are where prostate cancer has spread to their bones. If this happens, men may notice recurring pain in their back, hips or pelvis. These symptoms could be caused by other problems such as general aches and pains or arthritis, but it is still a good idea for men to get them checked out by their GP if in any doubt.
Advanced prostate cancer which has spread to the bones is not curable, but hormone therapy and other treatments can keep it under control for many months or years. Over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease in the UK.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Prostate cancer symptoms are similar to a number of other harmless conditions but it’s important to be aware of them. If you are concerned about your prostate cancer risk you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.”
“It is important to have anything unusual assessed. Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine and difficulty urinating should be checked out, especially if you find yourself getting you up several times during the night.”
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