Do you know the signs of prostate cancer?

Health officials at Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging men in the area to look after their health and educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.

According to the Men’s Health Forum, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men, accounting for 25 per cent of cancer cases and 13 per cent of cancer related deaths in men.

Dr Jo Leahy, Local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you have an increased need to urinate, straining while you urinate and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied, the symptoms could be due to a minor condition, but occasionally they could be symptoms of prostate cancer so you should go and see your GP as soon as possible.

“There are a number of different ways we can test for prostate cancer including blood tests and physical checks. One of the more commonly known test among men is the PSA test which measures the concentration of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in your blood. However whilst this is often favoured for being quick and non-invasive, it is not always the most effective.

“Some men will have higher levels due to a number of reasons unrelated to prostate cancer and others will show normal levels but could still have prostate cancer therefore you should always consult your GP to see which test is best for you.”

If you have any questions on men’s health issues you can find out more on the NHS website www.nhs.uk