NHS Kingston

Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
06 March 2017

In the UK over 44,000 men are affected with prostate cancer per year, while one in every 54 women develop ovarian cancer.

Both diseases typically affect men and women over 50 years, with the risk increasing with age. A family history of ovarian or prostate cancer is also a significant risk factor.

Prostate UK and Target Ovarian Cancer UK are leading the charge in tackling these insidious diseases, with a focus on early detection and treatment during entire month of March.

Dr. Naz Jivani local GP and CCG Clinical Chair said: “The recognition of signs and symptoms are crucial in achieving positive outcomes for people with ovarian and prostate cancer. Frank and open discussion about these diseases are the most effective way we can spread awareness and increase the chances of survival for men and women.”

Symptoms of prostate cancer include the need to frequently urinate and severe pain and/or the presence of blood when urinating or ejaculating.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer also include the need to frequently urinate as well as pelvic/abdominal pain, bloating and difficulty eating.

While prostate cancer is non-fatal in most cases, the disparity between prostate cancer awareness, funding and research compared to other more life threatening diseases mean that outcomes for prostate cancers are often poor in comparison. The longer symptoms are ignored and treatment or management is delayed, the greater the risk to life. Black men are far more likely to contract prostate cancer, with one in four affected at some point in their lives.

Only three per cent of women are very confident of spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer, with 7000 women diagnosed per year. Survival rates are typically much lower than other cancers, as it is often detected at a very late stage after which it has spread to other parts of the body.

 

Throughout the month of March both Prostate UK and Target Ovarian Cancer UK are organising a number of fundraising and awareness events.  Visit their respective websites for more information.

Click the links below for more information about prostate and ovarian cancer:

NHS Choices  - Prostate Cancer

NHS Choices - Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

 

NHS Choices - Ovarian Cancer

NHS Choices - Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

 

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