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Prostate cancer has now overtaken breast cancer as the most diagnosed cancer in the UK.

 

These figures may well be due to the media coverage of celebrities speaking out about the deadly cancer and urging the British public to attend check-ups and doctor’s appointments. The Prostate Cancer UK badge, depicting the figure of a man have been frequently seen on the lapels of TV presenters, sports commentators and men in the public eye.

 

More men coming forward for checks means that the disease can be detected potentially at an earlier stage, when treatment is most successful and survival chances are highest.

 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men to suffer from and unfortunately, its symptoms can make it relatively difficult to detect at an early stage for effective treatment. Even more reason to attend regular check-ups if symptoms continue.

 

Due to the sensitive nature of the symptoms, many men put off seeing their GP which can result in a delayed diagnosis or limiting their treatment options if the cancer has already spread.

 

Hopefully with the widespread message urging men to be more open about both their mental health and their physical health, will stop the stigma and see more men surviving.

 

Spot the Symptoms

 

Symptoms of prostate cancer can include one or several of the following;

  • Frequent urination, often being woken at night
  • Weak or interrupted flow when peeing
  • Blood in urine or seminal fluid
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pain when urinating
  • Discomfort of pain in rectal or pelvis area
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting

 

If the cancer has spread outside of the prostate gland, a man may experience;

  • Pain in the back, hips, thighs, shoulders, or other bones
  • Swelling or fluid build-up in the legs or feet
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Change in bowel habits

 

Keep scrolling for ways to prevent prostate cancer…

Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer

 

It is not possible to eliminate your chance of getting any type of cancer, however there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the chances.

 

  • Follow a healthy diet of low-fat food, plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Some studies highlight a link between a tomato rich diet and decreased risk
  • Keeping to a healthy weight and BMI
  • Exercising regularly – 30 minutes a day is recommended
  • Attending regular check-ups if you are over 50 or before, if you have a family history

 

If you have a family history of prostate cancer then ensure that you inform your doctor, keep a close eye on any symptoms and have regular check-ups.

 

Late Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

 

If you or someone you care about has received a diagnosis of prostate cancer after numerous doctor’s visits and hospital appointments, then you may have a case for medical negligence.

 

The difficulty with this type of cancer is that the symptoms can be very mild or even non-existent, there is also no single, definitive test for prostate cancer. GPs will likely need a urine sample, blood sample and to examine the prostate gland.

 

Failure to give adequate tests or make referrals to specialists could result in a delayed diagnosis and therefore limit the treatment options available to patients. Patients rely on cancer being detected in good time to increase their chances of survival.

 

If you think that you may have a claim or if you have a friend or relative that is going through treatment or has passed away from prostate cancer, then please get in touch with our team of clinical negligence experts today.

 

Call 01256 844888, email enquries@lambbrooks.com or speak to our online assistant for more information.

 

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