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Men over 45 put off seeking help for prostate cancer

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Men over 45 put off seeking help for prostate cancer

As many fear every diagnosis is terminal

One in three men over 45 would put off seeking help for prostate cancer – because they fear every diagnosis is terminal. Research of 1,200 men over 45 also found 62 per cent believe undergoing treatment for prostate cancer can result in side effects that could impact quality of life.

This would also cause more than one in 10 (15 per cent) to delay seeing a doctor.

Clinical Oncologist, Dr Carla Perna, from GenesisCare:

“There are many treatment options available to men who find themselves diagnosed with this disease. However, our research shows that 58 per cent of men we surveyed who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer wish they had known more about how prostate cancer treatment can be personalised.

“It’s clear that there is still a lot of work to be done around ensuring men find a treatment path that is right for them.”

Of those who have received treatment, 48 per cent wish they had known more about how the treatment could have been personalised to them. Concerns around medication side effects are one of the most common reasons men delay seeking medical help when it comes to prostate related issues (32 per cent).

Fatigue (32 per cent), erectile dysfunction (27 per cent), hair loss (24 per cent) and a negative impact on their sex life (24 per cent) were the most common concerns for treatment related side effect. The research was commissioned by independent cancer care provider, GenesisCare, and was supported by charity Prostate Cancer UK ahead of Men’s Health Awareness Month.

The two aim to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and the latest advancements in prostate cancer treatment options, to help men make informed treatment decisions. By providing more information on innovative treatments and techniques, the specialist cancer care company hope to support men in achieving the best possible outcome and maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible.

A third (33 per cent) of those polled via the OnePoll study believe treatment would permanently affect their health or way of life. While only a quarter are aware there are treatment options available that can minimise side effects.

Clive Reeves, 58 from Birmingham:

“I was 58 years old when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a PSA blood test taken by my GP during a general check-up. I was surprised by my diagnosis as I’d always viewed prostate cancer as an ‘old man’s disease’ and I hadn’t been experiencing any of the urinary symptoms you typically hear about.

“My consultant discussed the various options that were appropriate for my stage of disease and I chose to have radiotherapy on the MRIdian at GenesisCare because it was non-invasive compared with surgery, was delivered over a two week period, and meant no hospital stays. It also had minimal side effects, just a little fatigue, which is already improving.”

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