#MOVEMBER – Prostate Cancer

It’s fair to say men’s health is in crisis. On average, men are dying 5 years earlier than women, and for mainly preventable reasons.1

The facts1:

• A growing number of men, around 10.8M globally, are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis

• Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men

• Across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides

#Movember is an initiative to address this crisis at a global level. It funds ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging men to understand what works best where they are and speed up change.

Looking at prostate cancer more specifically, 1 in 8 UK men will be diagnosed with this disease in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK – across the country there are more than 395,000 men living with and beyond the disease. Many are dealing with serious side effects from treatment. It doesn’t have to be like this. #Movember is all about taking action. By 2030, the aim is to reduce the number of men dying from prostate cancer by half, and halve the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects from treatment.1

So what is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Some prostate cancers grows too slowly to cause any problems or affect how long you live. Because of this, many men with prostate cancer will never need any treatment. But some prostate cancers grow quickly and are more likely to spread. These cases need treatment to stop the cancer spreading. Prostate cancer that’s contained inside the prostate (called localised prostate cancer or early prostate cancer) doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. That’s why it’s important to know about your risk.2

There are three main risk factors for developing prostate cancer, which are things you can’t change.

These are2: 

• Getting older – it mainly affects men aged 50 or over

• Family history of prostate cancer

• Being black

If you think you might be at risk of prostate cancer or are experiencing any symptoms, visit your GP or speak to our Specialist Nurses.

To find out about the symptoms of prostate cancer visit: 

https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information/about-prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-symptoms 

To learn more about #Movember and to show your support visit https://uk.movember.com/?home 

References
1. Uk.movember.com. 2021. Movember. [online] Available at: <https://uk.movember.com/> [Accessed 18 November 2021].

2. Prostate Cancer UK. 2021. Prostate Cancer UK. [online] Available at: <https://prostatecanceruk.org/> [Accessed 18 November 2021].