Four out of five men 'unaware' of prostate cancer danger

Four out of five men at higher than average risk of prostate cancer are unaware of the danger and are therefore not having the vital conversations with GPs that could save their lives, according to new research fromProstate Cancer UK.

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GPs 'need more tools' to diagnose prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK is calling on men to speak to their GPs in the run up to Father's Day after it revealed that four out of five men were at higher than average risk of prostate cancer are unaware of the danger. Chief executive Owen Sharp said:

The inaccuracy of the current diagnostic process and its inability to distinguish between aggressive and non aggressive forms of the disease means that GPs face an ongoing challenge in deciding whether or not a man should be tested.

There’s a desperate need for a simple and effective tool with which GPs can assess a man’s overall risk to guide whether he should undergo further tests.

'Blindness' to danger of prostate cancer puts men at risk

Four out of five men at higher than average risk of prostate cancer are unaware of the danger and are therefore not having the vital conversations with GPs that could save their lives, according to new research from the health charity, Prostate Cancer UK.

It means thousands of men may miss out on being diagnosed at an early stage, when treatment for the disease is most effective.

Prostate cancer kills one man every hour; the majority of early cases are symptomless, and a lack of accurate tests for life-threatening forms of the disease means there is no national screening programme.

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