OPINION: CCG chair and GP Dr Prakash Chandra urges men to get prostrate check

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 March 2017

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March is prostate cancer awareness month, which provides a vital opportunity to raise awareness of this disease that affects around one in eight men in the UK.

That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage men to get to know the symptoms of prostate cancer and visit their doctor if they are concerned.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with men over the age of 50, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men more at risk of developing the disease.

However, early detection makes it more likely that treatment will be successful so it’s important that men know and act on any symptoms quickly.

Often men have no symptoms, but signs can include needing to urinate more frequently (often during the night), needing to rush to the toilet, difficulty urinating or the feeling that your bladder hasn’t fully emptied.

To help catch prostate cancer early, NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group has a dedicated prostate cancer nurse specialist working with GP practices across the borough. This role includes looking at how to improve access, as well as working with patients after they have been diagnosed or received treatment to make sure they have the support they need.

We’re also working closely with other health and social care organisations across the area to provide support for people living with prostate cancer. This includes setting up a new specialist service later this year that will:

• support patients and their families to make the best decision about treatment options based on their individual needs

• offer support and counselling to address anxiety and stress experienced during post-diagnosis and post-treatment

• signpost patients to local community services

• support people to look after themselves at home

I would encourage all men to make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms, and if something isn’t right, talk to your GP and get yourself checked.

I understand this can be embarrassing to talk about, but if it is cancer, the sooner it’s discovered the better. More from Dr Chandra

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