MEN in Worcestershire are being asked to be aware of the signs of prostate cancer.
Every day in the UK 114 men are diagnosed with the disease – the most common form of cancer in men.
In an effort to raise awareness of the signs of the disease, Macmillan Cancer Support are advising men to visit their doctor as soon as possible if they begin to experience any of the symptoms.
The most common symptoms include frequently having to rush to the toilet to pass urine, having to urinate more often but having difficulty in doing so, especially at night.
However, men with early forms of the disease are unlikely to have any symptoms and some only realise something is wrong when the disease has spread to their bones, causing pain in back, hips or pelvis.
Macmillan urology oncology nurse specialist at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Jackie Askew said: “Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK.
“However, survival rates are improving, and as with all types of cancer early diagnosis and treatment will ensure the best outcomes. We would urge anyone exhibiting symptoms to go and get checked by their doctor, most enlargements of the prostate are not cancer but it is always best to be safe.”
For more information on coping with cancer or support available for victims and their families, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk