Specialist staff will have displays and information stands in main reception on March 20 and will be on hand to give advice.
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in men in the UK, with approximately 35,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Yet early detection of the disease can result in a cure in most cases. For more advanced cases, progress can be delayed for many years.
Mr Gregor McIntosh, Consultant Urologist said: “Despite more cases being found each year, overall fewer patients are dying of prostate cancer. This is because it is a slow growing cancer and early detection and diagnosis is having a significant impact on the outcome. “
Although prostate cancer can affect men at any age, around 99 % of cases are found in men over the age of 50. Genetic factors may also play a part and the risk is greater in men who have a close relative with either prostate or breast cancer. Afro-Caribbean men are also at higher risk of the disease. Men in high risks groups can discuss screening with their GP, even if they have no symptoms.”
Some of the signs include frequent urination - especially at night with pain and burning. Blood in the urine or trouble controlling urine flow could also be a sign of prostate cancer. Although a combination of these symptoms could be attributable to cancer, in many cases they are not and turn out to be symptoms associated with a less serious condition.
Mr McIntosh said: “ The key is awareness, which is why health promotion events such as ours are so important. The information that we will be providing includes the role of diet in the prevention of prostate cancer, as there is increasing evidence to show that eating a healthy diet may help to protect men against the disease and its progression. We will also be able to provide information on what to look out for and where to get advice.”
Mr McIntosh added: “Although urinary symptoms are not in themselves a reason to suspect cancer, we would advise any man who develops symptoms to consult their GP. There are several causes and they may be offered tests to exclude cancer, which in itself can be reassuring.”
“The important message is that even if a diagnosis of cancer is made, although it can be very frightening there is much that can be done to help men with the disease,” said Mr McIntosh. Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170