Know your risk - prostrate cancer

Published on: Friday 17 March 2023

Prostrate cancer Screensaver and GP screens.pngA new NHS campaign is encouraging more men to be more aware of their risk of developing prostate cancer. This is a cancer that affects one in eight men, with black men at greater risk.

Symptoms of the cancer may include a difficulty in starting to urinate or emptying the bladder, needing to urinate more (especially at night), or a sudden need to urinate.

This is a type of cancer that is more common in older men aged 50+ and is easily treatable if caught early. However, symptoms aren’t always noticeable, which is why it’s important to be mindful of your risk.

Certain ethnic groups are at higher risk, with black men specifically more prone to the cancer than Asian men, especially if a close relative (their father or brother) has experienced it.

Dr Meena Nathan, GP and lead, says: “I encourage all men living in the North Kensington community to be aware of their risk for prostate cancer, especially if you’re aged over 50 and your family history and ethnicity heightens your risk.

“This is a very treatable cancer if caught early, so it’s worth bearing in mind your risk factor and if you have any concerns when passing urine, please don’t delay a visit to your GP.”

Find out more:

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors | Prostate Cancer UK | Prostate Cancer UK