Earlier this month, we published an article raising awareness during #menshealthawarenessmonth and #movember reporting a recent poll from Genesis Healthcare, supported by Prostate Cancer UK. This discussed the reasons why men delayed seeking medical advice if they were worried that they may have prostate cancer.
In recent news, Andy Taylor from Duran Duran has shared that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, which follows the sad news of the death of BBC news reporter, Bill Turnbull after a long battle with the disease. Jools Holland also recently announced that he had been treated for prostate cancer following a routine blood test, despite showing no signs of the disease.
Whilst a diagnosis of prostate cancer is daunting, it is encouraging the celebrities are helping to raise the profile of male cancer, and the importance of seeking an early diagnosis.
The recent statistics as to why men delay seeking medical advice were:
- 40% fearing receiving a cancer diagnosis;
- 32% believing that prostate cancer will always be terminal;
- 32% do not consider that their symptoms are serious or disruptive enough to warrant visiting the GP.
Catching cancer early is so important, so during Men’s Health Awareness Month, don’t be that 32% and if you have any concerns at all, just make an appointment with your doctor.
If you are aged 50 or older, you can ask your GP for a simple PSA screening test.
Our specialist medical negligence team support men who have suffered avoidable delays in diagnosis of cancer, and are aware of the importance of seeking help as early as possible.
You can see our Mo-Bro’s and Mo-Sister’s video supporting and raising awareness during #Movember here.
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