Chamber Chat - Heysham Power stations
EDF are proud sponsors of Prostate Cancer UK
EDF are supporting its campaign to ensure men at the highest risk of the disease go and speak to their GP.
If you are a man over 45, if your father or brother has had prostate cancer, or if you are of black or mixed black ethnicity you are at higher risk of prostate cancer. Detecting prostate cancer early can help save lives, but COVID-19 has made it harder for thousands of men to visit their doctor this year.
When Prostate Cancer UK worked with Stephen Fry to share his prostate cancer story, and the news landed prostate cancer had become the third biggest cancer killer, men across the UK reacted by calling their GPs – creating a record-breaking surge in men being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Many of these men were also diagnosed early enough when their cancers weren’t advanced – which could mean a difference between life or death.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to far fewer men going to their GPs about prostate problems. Referrals for suspected prostate cancer have plummeted, with the potential for thousands of missing diagnoses. It is estimated in England alone over 3,500 men at higher risk of prostate cancer will be diagnosed too late to be cured unless urological referral rates do not return to pre-pandemic levels. That’s why Prostate Cancer UK is encouraging men at risk to call their GP.
To find out your own prostate cancer risk, or of a loved one, in the next 30 seconds prostatecanceruk.org/check (NB for online can you put this link behind the URL https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker?utm_source=lancguard&utm_medium=print-article&utm_campaign=edf&utm_content=organic-link&utm_term=online-version
For anyone concerned about prostate problems or prostate cancer you can speak to a Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurse free and confidentially on 0800 074 8383 (Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm, Weds: 10am-8pm) or visit prostatecanceruk.org/nurses to access the service via email, online chat and social media.