A top Glasgow consultant is urging men to take early action in the fight against prostate cancer.
Mr Mark Underwood, consultant urologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, has highlighted to men across the city the importance of their prostate's health during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (22-28 March 2004).
"One in 11 men have a lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer, which is now the most common type of male cancer in Scotland," explains Mr Underwood, of North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust. "However, if caught early enough, survival rates for male cancer are high and they can be treated in a variety of ways."
Mr Underwood said that while many men are still reluctant to visit their doctors when the first symptoms appear, they should see their GP straightaway.
"Being aware of the signs that something might be wrong, and going for regular health checks at your local GP practice can help you diagnose the problem before it becomes more serious".
"I would certainly encourage anyone with any concerns to contact their GP for further advice."
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Notes to Editors:
· The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system, which makes and secretes prostatic fluid, one of the five major fluids that make up semen.
· Prostate cancer is a disease that occurs in men mostly over the age of 50. It can occur in younger men but this happens very rarely.
· The first signs men may spot include frequency of urination, difficulty passing urine, a weak flow of urine and problems starting or stopping urinary flow. Other signs to be aware of include lower back pain and pain in the hips or pelvis.Although little is yet known about how to prevent prostate cancer, research suggests that dietary change is one way to reduce your risk of developing it.