It's Male Cancer Awareness Week and I'm supporting Orchid Cancer's #FaceUpToCancer campaign.
The latest statistics from CCGs show that late stage diagnoses for prostate cancer were at 42% in 2017, having increased by over 5% since 2014 and 11% since 2012. In short, we're finding it too late.
Late diagnosis can reduce chances of survival, limit treatment options or result in more invasive interventions.
Orchid's F.A.C.E. up to prostrate cancer campaign is therefore encouraging GPs, men and their families to be aware of four key risk factors and for men and their family doctor to discuss any concerns in order to achieve earlier stage diagnosis.
Family history - having a brother or father with prostate cancer may double a man's risk compared to men with no family history of the disease.
Age - the older a man gets the greater the risk, with prostate cancer most commonly affecting men over the age of 50.
Change in urinary habits - change in urinary habits are not always a sign of prostate cancer but they can be a symptom.
Ethnicity - black African and black Caribbean men are at double the risk of developing prostate cancer than other men and may develop the disease earlier too, most commonly affecting men from this group over 45.