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Men's Health - Cancer Awareness

Statistics show that proportionally men die earlier than women in all age groups.
The average male life expectancy at birth is just 75 and, in some areas and among certain groups of men, it is five or six years lower.

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is the commonest cancer to affects young men in the UK.  It is most common among men aged 15-45.  In the UK, the incidence has doubled in the past 20 years and currently there are around 2,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  What causes it is unknown, but men who have had undescended testicles and those with a close male relative who had testicular cancer are more at risk of developing it.  There are no guaranteed ways of preventing testicular cancer but it is one of the most curable cancers, with around 90 per cent of men making a full recovery following treatment.

Symptoms

The most common sign is usually a painless lump or swelling which may make the testicle feel heavy, produce discomfort in the groin area, or make the testicle or the scrotal sac painful.  
Further information is available from the following Links:

Cancer Research UK

Everyman - Funding research to cross out male cancer

CancerHelp UK

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK; about 32,000 men are diagnosed each year and one man an hour dies of the disease.

The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, it increases if you have a father, uncle or brother who has had the disease and it increases if you are from an African Caribbean background.

Every man needs to know that they might be at risk of prostate cancer because it is an issue that can affect them all.  It has overtaken lung cancer as the most common cancer diagnosed in men, studies undertaken by the male cancer charity Everyman, indicate that the majority of people do not have the same level of awareness about the disease as they do for other cancers such as lung or breast cancer. The study also discovered that one-third of men questioned would be too embarrassed to speak to their male friends about their prostate cancer concerns.

Most men are unaware or unsure of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer:

Prostate Cancer - Signs and symptoms

1) Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
2) Passing urine more often and/or at night
3) Difficulty getting the flow of urine started
4) Starting and stopping whilst passing urine
5) Discomfort (pain or burning) whilst passing urine
6) A feeling of not having emptied the bladder fully
7) Dribbling of urine
8) Blood in urine or semen
9) Pain or stiffness in the back, hips or pelvis

If you are a man who has problems associated with urinating then you should always get them investigated.

 For further information follow the links below:

The Prostate Cancer Charity Home Page


Everyman - Funding research to cross out male cancer

 

Department of Health

 

 

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