Prostate Cancer the Growing Predator
It was recently revealed prostate cancer is now the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. On average, one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Likewise, it is now more common than breast cancer. In 2015 there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer whilst 11,442 died from breast cancer. The gap is only expected to grow.
In the early stages, most men do not show the symptoms of prostate cancer. However, the key signs to look out for are:
- Difficulties urinating
- Experiencing a weak flow when you urinate
- Dribbling urine after you finish urinating
- An increase in need to urinate, especially at night
- A sudden urge to urinate
- Blood in the urine
The symptoms in the latter stages include:
- Back pain
- Weight loss
- A loss of appetite
- Pain in the testicles
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
Unfortunately, prostate cancer appears to be a taboo subject. Overall men feel less comfortable discussing their health concerns than women. It is vital people share their stories to encourage awareness of this growing killer. The more people speak, the more likely the issue of prostate cancer will be tackled and hopefully death rates will begin to decline like in the case of breast cancer. Here at Oakwood Solicitors we are here to be your voice that is trying to break out and encourage further investment in research on the disease. Angela Culhane says ‘with half the investment and half the research it’s not surprising that progress in prostate cancer is lagging behind (progress in breast cancer)’ but ‘many of these developments could be applied to prostate cancer.’ This is food for thought.
Currently, over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer. It is therefore crucial the NHS is equipped to treat prostate cancer sufferers. The NHS overall does a fantastic job caring for the ill but mistakes do happen. In some instances, these mistakes are negligent. In what can already be a traumatising and emotional time for the individual and their family, this behaviour is inexcusable. Oakwood Solicitors are here to help.
If you, or a loved one, have been let down by the medical profession and suffered an injury as a result, please do not hesitate to contact Oakwood Solicitors for some free advice on 0113 200 9780 or visit our Clinical Negligence page here to see if you can make a claim for Clinical Negligence.
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