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Prostate Cancer in the Cotswolds

Does the man in your life wake up in the middle of the night wanting the loo? Does he suffer from some form of lower back or groin pain? These are just 2 of the possible symptons of prostate problems and could be a warning of prostate cancer as the gland can be enlarged. He needs to see his GP.

So what is the Prostate, what does is do and how can prostate cancer be diagnosed? It is a small gland just below the bladder and helps create seminal fluids and is a key player in the reproductive process. The first step towards diagnosis is a simple PSA blood test which indicates whether there is a problem. An abnormally high reading could be cancerous or just a basic urinary problem which isn’t cancerous. Further tests would then be carried out to confirm the disease.

Prostate cancer can manifest itself in a variety of ways. At one end of the scale10% of men who die of old age have some form of mild prostate cancer but at the other end it can strike very aggressively (particularly in younger men) and be terminal within a short period of time. Fortunately early detection can, in many cases, lead to cure and/or long term control.

Symptoms to watch out for include:
• Needing to urinate more often, particularly at night;
• Difficulty starting to urinate;
• Taking a long time to finish urinating;
• A weak flow;
• Pain in the lower back or groin.

Many men who have prostate cancer have no symptoms at all and can only be diagnosed through blood tests and other procedures. There is a definite hereditary link to the disease. In March 2009 The Cotswolds Prostate Support Group was started by a number of men, in conjunction with key members of the medical profession, with the twin objectives of raising awareness of the disease and providing support to men, their wives and their families.

The group helps people through the traumatic period of diagnosis, providing information on treatment options, offering support through the sharing of personal experiences and encouragement to anyone
bereaved through prostate cancer.

For further information, please contact 07703 477391; www.cotswoldsprostatecancer.org