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    Prostate and Testicular Cancer Awareness

    The Movember movement which takes place the whole of November every year, helps to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancers as well as other health concerns.

    Testicular Cancer

    Testicular cancer is the number one cancer among young guys yet 62% of those who are at risk, don’t know how to check themselves. When caught early, testicular cancer is highly treatable and highly curable. Checks can help you become familiar with your body and recognise any changes sooner. 5% of people with testicular cancer may also experience symptoms of metastatic cancer if it has spread to other parts of the body.

    Symptoms can include:

    • A persistent cough
    • Coughing or spitting up blood
    • Shortness of breath
    • Swelling an enlargement of male breasts
    • A lump or swelling in your neck
    • Lower back pain

    Movember have published useful information explaining how to check for symptoms of testicular cancer. Click here to read more.

    Testicular Cancer UK is run by survivors who raise awareness and man a support group and phone line.

    Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer can occur when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce more rapidly than normal, which results in a tumour. It can often grow slowly to start with and not cause any problems however some men may have prostate cancer that is likely to spread. If left untreated, the cancer cells may spread and invade distant parts of the body. This can produce secondary tumours in a process known as metastasis.

    What are the signs and symptoms?

    • A need to urinate frequently
    • Difficulty urinating/holding back urine
    • Blood in urine or semen
    • Weak flow
    • Needing to rush to the toilet

    The chances of developing prostate cancer can increase if you are:

    • Over 50 years old
    • Are of African-Caribbean or Africa descent
    • Have a father or brother who has been affected by prostate cancer
    • Considered obese

    Prostate Cancer UK provides a range of information and support which are open to men, their family and their friends.

    Getting Checked

    As prostate and testicular cancer is easier to treat in earlier stages, it is essential to remember to check on a regular basis to ensure that no changes go unnoticed. If you are experiencing prostate cancer symptoms or any unusual changes in the way your testicles look or feel, book a GP appointment.

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