The key to prostate cancer prevention is early screening. Thousands of prostate cancer deaths could be avoided with early detection. Catching the disease at an early stage before it has the chance to grow or spread across the body makes treatment far more successful.
In the UK and Ireland, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point throughout their lives.
Those at greater risk of the disease are:
- men over the age of 50,
- men with a family history of prostate cancer
- black African and Afro-Caribbean males.
- About 1 in 4 cases of cancer in the UK are diagnosed through emergency admission to hospital.
Reasons why many cancer cases are diagnosed late:
- Lack of awareness of cancer signs and symptoms.
- Some don’t have the time to visit their doctor on a busy schedule.
- There are sometimes delays in GPs referring a patient on for testing.
- Some people might delay because they’re worried about what the doctor might find or they don’t want to waste the doctor’s time.
Getting tested early is key to prostate cancer prevention
The NHS says that 20% of prostate cancer deaths could be avoided if there was a national screening programme in place. However, there is currently no screening programme in the UK and Ireland for prostate cancer. There has been debate among health care workers about whether the benefits of a prostate cancer prevention programme outweighs the potential risk of over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a chemical that appears in a man’s bloodstream at higher levels when the prostate gland is enlarged or cancerous. Although not a definite diagnosis of prostate cancer, a higher than normal PSA level can be a significant sign that something is not quite right and further testing might be required. Men need to make an informed decision for themselves whether or not to have their PSA tested.
Here’s how to take a home PSA test for prostate cancer prevention.
This simple home PSA test from LetsGetChecked can give you a good indication of the health of your prostate and can even be an early signal of cancer. Take a look at how this convenient and confidential service works:
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Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley