Men In Yorkshire More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Late Stage Prostate Cancer
Men in Yorkshire are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a late stage, according to statistics provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Around 47% of patients in Yorkshire are diagnosed at stages 3 and 4, compared to 39% in England1. A late diagnosis can make treatment more difficult and lead to a lower chance of survival.
During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in March, Yorkshire Cancer Research is urging men across the region to look out for any unusual changes to their bodies and see a GP if they have any concerns about their health.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
Needs to rush to the toilet
Difficulty starting to urinate
Straining or taking a long time while urinating
Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
Symptoms that the cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.
There are currently more than 30,000 men living with or beyond a prostate cancer diagnosis in Yorkshire2. Incidence rates are significantly higher than the England average in areas such as Doncaster CCG, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG3.
Leah Holtam, Cancer Information Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It’s very worrying that so many men in Yorkshire are being diagnosed with prostate cancer at a late stage. We don’t know for sure why this is the case. However, it could indicate that men in our region are more reluctant to see their GP if they notice symptoms.
“It is vital that men talk to a doctor or nurse about any health concerns. The majority of the time a symptom or worry will turn out to be nothing serious. However, if it is cancer then finding it early can have a significant impact on treatment options and chances of survival. This is especially true for prostate cancer, which has a very high survival rate when diagnosed at an early stage.”
Men In Yorkshire More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Late Stage Prostate Cancer, 1st March 2018, 18:19 PM