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Newham men urged: get clued up about prostate cancer

07:00 04 March 2014

Doctors are urging the borough’s men to be aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer and visit their doctor if they are worried about the disease.

To coincide with prostate cancer awareness month, which started on March 1, Prostate Cancer UK is running a ‘Men United Campaign’ to encourage men to be more clued up about the disease.

According to the latest figures from the National Cancer Intelligence Network, 77 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in men in Newham in 2010.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, a GP and Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s really important that men know how to recognise prostate cancer, and that they visit their doctor if they experience any of the signs and symptoms associated with the disease.

“There are no guaranteed ways to prevent against prostate cancer, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make in order to reduce the risk of developing the disease. A healthy diet and active lifestyle can improve your general wellbeing and can also reduce the risk of developing many other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and other forms of cancers.

“It’s also important to be aware of the fact that if you have a black ethnic background, you are at higher risk of getting prostate cancer. Research by Prostate Cancer UK shows that around one in every four black men will get diagnosed with prostate cancer although it is not yet clear why they are more likely to develop the disease compared to men from other ethnic backgrounds.”

Councillor Clive Furness, Executive Member for Adults and Health Commissioning at Newham Council, said: “As a diverse borough with a large black African and black Caribbean population, it is important that our residents are aware of the increased risk of the disease among people from particular communities. Individuals have to be aware of changes in their own bodies and we would urge men who notice any symptoms to visit their GP straightaway. It is also important for everyone to know that a healthy diet and active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of many types of cancer.”

Men are encouraged to visit their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:

*urinating more often: especially during night

*difficulty starting to urinate or dribbling urine

*straining or taking a long time to urinate

*feeling that their bladder has not emptied properly

*needing to rush to the toilet, and occasionally leaking before they get there

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