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Prostate Cancer talk at Rendelsham

by Belinda Elton 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second most cause of cancer death in men. Chances of developing this type of cancer increase with age. While prostate cancer in more common from about 50 years old it also can increases as you get older.

Approximately 55 people are diagnosed with prostate cancer each day and 9 will die each day due to prostate cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 75 years is 1 in 7 and by the age of 85 years is 1 in 4. Almost 3,000 men die yearly from prostate cancer.

The symptoms don’t usually appear until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. Family history can be a factor by having a close male relative who had prostate cancer seems to increase the risk.

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include increased frequency of passing urine, having the sensation of needing to pass urine very urgently, wanting to get up to pass urine many times during the night and having difficulty starting the urine stream. Other symptoms of prostate cancer may include blood in the urine or semen, loss of bladder control, pain during urination and bone pain in the lower back, hips or ribs if the cancer has spread beyond the prostate to the bone. Fortunately these days many men with prostate cancer are diagnosed well before the cancer has progressed to the point of causing symptoms.

The two common tests for prostate cancer are a digital rectal examination and a prostate-specific antigen blood test. An elevated reading doesn’t automatically mean you have prostate cancer. About one-third of people with an elevated PSA will have prostate cancer. Neither of these is completely accurate, so it is recommended to have both. If the tests suggest there is a problem, your doctor may repeat the test or refer you to a specialist. A biopsy removal of some prostate tissue may be needed to confirm a suspected diagnosis.

Men are often too embarrassed to discuss their health issues and about 25% of men didn’t visit a doctor in the past twelve months because they feel it is not necessary.

Monday the 11th of November a group of about 30 people attended the Rendelsham Hall to hear guest speakers Garth Wootton, Malcom Porter and Richard Harry from the Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group. These men have just finished training in Adelaide so they can speak on Prostate Cancer. They gave a talk on prostate cancer and how to make you more aware of the problem and how to manage with the prostate cancer. They talked on their experience and what they went through and their families.

There will also be a follow-up session to this on 20th January 2014 at 7.30pm at the Rendelsham Hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Source: Event and Prostate Cancer Website

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