More than 58,000 men in the UK have started prostate cancer treatment since April 2020. NHS bosses are now urging men to come forward and use their services for anyone worried about cancer
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New figures show prostate cancer accounts for a third of cancers left untreated due to the pandemic.
More than 58,000 men in the UK have started treatment for prostate cancer since April 2020 – 14,000 fewer than expected during this period.
NHS Bosses are now urging men to come forward and use NHS services for anyone concerned about cancer.
Celebrities include comedian Stephen Fry and BBC Presenter Bill Turnbull has joined a joint campaign with Prostate Cancer UK to encourage men to use the charity’s 30-second online risk checker.
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Stephen Fry, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 after a routine check-up.
He said: “As you can imagine, I was very disappointed when I received my prostate cancer diagnosis, especially given that I had no symptoms that indicated anything was wrong – which I later learned. be very popular. Fortunately, it is detected early so it can be treated.
“That’s why I recommend you check your risks and talk to your GP if you have any concerns, even if you feel perfectly fine, like I did. do.
“Prostate Cancer UK’s Risk Checker can help you understand your risk and the next steps to take.”
NHS England said anyone experiencing symptoms, such as problems urinating or urinating more often, should talk to their doctor to get checked.
Journalist Bill Turnbull revealed he had terminal prostate cancer in March 2018.
He had been diagnosed the previous November after persistent aches and pains, which he had reached “old age”, no longer relieved with medication.
He said: “It is important that we do not lose any more positions because Covid-19 Disease.
“Prostate cancer is much more treatable when it’s found early, unfortunately mine isn’t.
“So if you’re a man at risk or worried about prostate cancer, don’t rush to your doctor to talk about it.
“It is understandable that people don’t want to go to their GP during a pandemic, but the message is that the NHS is open and they want to see you.
“You can also learn more about your risk and what you can do about it using the risk checker on the Prostate Cancer UK website.”
Mark Nugent, 62, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 after reading one of the UK’s Prostate Cancer health information leaflets at work.
He had been experiencing urinary symptoms for some time and the leaflet urged him to speak to his GP.
Nick Lambert, 70, is part of the same Ramblers walking group as Mark, and decided to join the UK prostate cancer risk checker after seeing a link in the footer of Mark’s email. .
Nick, from Newcastle, explains: “After doing the risk checker, I asked my GP to let me do the PSA test. Even though I don’t have any symptoms, my PSA is back to high.
“After further testing, I learned that I had prostate cancer, which had spread beyond my prostate and was incurable.
“It was a huge shock to me because I felt, and still feel, absolutely fine, and on the other hand, I am very fit, healthy and very active. I don’t want other men to have to wait as long as I do before talking to their GP.”
Mark, from Wallsend, said: “I am passionate about raising awareness about prostate cancer after my own diagnosis.”
Professor Peter Johnson, NHS England’s cancer director, said: “I encourage you to use the UK prostate cancer risk checker today.
“It’s a quick and easy way to understand your risk for prostate cancer and how you can take extra action if you’re at risk.
“It is important for men to understand that prostate cancer often does not show any symptoms in its early stages. This simple check can be a lifesaver. “
Visit prostatecanceruk.org/riskcheck to check your prostate cancer risk.
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