Men don’t know the symptoms of prostate cancer, survey finds
With more than 47,500 diagnoses and 11,500 deaths from the disease each year, prostate cancer remains the leading cancer risk in men. But despite this, two-thirds of Britons are unaware of the symptoms of the disease, according to a YouGov poll.
For the survey, 1,456 men were asked to name all the symptoms of prostate cancer they knew. 68% of them replied that they did not know any symptoms.
Even among older men, who are at increased risk, 62% of men aged 50 to 59 knew no signs, as did 60% of those aged 60 to 69 or 54% of those aged 70 to 79.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Pee more frequently, often at night
- Need to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty starting to pee (hesitation)
- Running out or taking a long time to pee
- Low flow
- Feeling that your bladder has not emptied completely
- Blood in the urine or blood in the semen
Signs that the cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, loss of appetite, pain in the testicles, and unintentional weight loss.
Despite the men’s lack of knowledge about the symptoms of prostate cancer, 72% of them said they were “very” or “somewhat” willing to be tested routinely for the disease.
However, finding out that a prostate exam involves a doctor inserting a finger into the rectum lowered that number slightly. Almost one in five men (22%) who knew that a rectal exam is the typical procedure for detecting prostate cancer expressed reluctance to get tested, while 6% said they were not. “Not at all willing”.
Talk to The independentAmy Rylance, Care Improvement Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, which makes it particularly worrying that most men don’t know some basic facts about the disease.
“However, it’s important to note that prostate cancer usually doesn’t have symptoms until it has spread. This means that men cannot afford to wait for symptoms to act and should instead consider their risk. ”
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