Health Matters Week 10 to the 16 June 2002
The government have
launched an "Informed Choice" Program for men of
50 and over to have a Prostate Cancer Assessment with their GP, which
was introduced in July 2001. Unfortunately according to the
Leighton Hospital Cancer Support Group and Awareness Campaign in Crew "The
cancer is the second largest killer of men in the UK and will soon very
take lung cancer in a year if present figures continue to increase.
This is a terrible indication of successive governments who have not
provided sufficient funding into research and diagnosis.
Education into prostate cancer, when considering the resent treatments
available are 85 to 90% successful when diagnosed in it early
stages. As of yet this test program that the government
has introduced has not filtered down to all the surgeries and medical
centers across the UK. Although the government have confirmed
they should have received the information in a "hard
copy form" and is on the website at www.NELH.NHS.UK/PSA."
The assessment involves
two simple tests, a digital rectal examination and a PSA blood
test. The doctor is also expected to provide a selection of
leaflets on relating to the tests and should point out the
disadvantages along with the side effects if cancer is diagnosed and
treatment is available.
The Government has also launched
a £13. million trial into the effectiveness of current treatments for
Prostate Cancer. A spokes person for the L.H.P.C.S.G.A.C. said "Something
we could tell them for absolutely nothing... This is a complete waste
of money considering government funding into research has only just
been raised from £47.000 per year to £1million over the next 4
Although the Governments
"Informed Choice" program goes some way towards
screening for men, there is too much emphasis on the side effects of
the treatments. If you don't get treated you are likely to
Symptoms to look
out for are as follows:-
1. Frequent need
to pass urine, especially at night.
2. Strain before
flow, stopping and starting.
3. Slow Flow, or
4. Blood in
5. Pain in bones
in lower back, spine or hips.
should see their doctor right away!
Cancer does not have symptoms during the early stages and
the following symptoms are usually indicate an "Enlarged
Prostate" and that is more probable. 3
in 10 mean suffer with an enlarged prostate that is not cancerous!
For those requiring
further information, they can contact Gary Steele on 01606 553097 or
the help line on 01625 525272 or the Prostate Cancer Charity help line
on 0845 300 8383. Please also take a look at this web page www.pcan-leighton.fsnet.co.uk