Prostate Cancer Launches National Man-Hunt
Prostate Cancer UK, in partnership with the NHS, have launched a new campaign asking people to spread the word. It’s vitally important that the men with early-stage prostate cancer are found quickly before the cancer spreads. There are approximately 14,000 men who have prostate cancer that are undiagnosed in the UK.
Why are there 14,000 men going undiagnosed?
“According to NHS England data, prostate cancer accounts for a third of those not treated for cancer compared to before the pandemic. Referrals and treatments for prostate cancer dropped significantly during the pandemic, with men less likely to visit their GP and discuss prostate cancer. Previous NHS research found that half of people would delay coming forward to their GP during the height of the pandemic because they didn’t want to burden the health service.
Although referrals and treatment levels for most other cancers have now recovered or even risen above pre-pandemic levels, the number of missing prostate cancer diagnoses is growing. This is compounded by the fact that early prostate cancer rarely has symptoms that would prompt men to visit their GP.
We must act now. Without urgent action, the number of men with undiagnosed prostate cancer will keep growing. Together, we can help thousands more men to have vital conversations with their GP.”
What are the symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- Trouble urinating.
- Decreased force in the stream of urine.
- Blood in the urine.
- Blood in the semen.
- Bone pain.
- Losing weight without trying.
- Erectile dysfunction.
Identifying prostate problems early is a way to reduce future prostate problems. If you have these symptoms or are over 40 years old, please visit your GP for a check up.
What can clubs do to help find the 14,000 men?
Some actionable objectives clubs owners can arrange today include:
- Help spread the message via a webpage or social media post
- Change your profile picture
- Run a sponsored awareness event
- Advertise physically and digitally across your building
- Organise voluntary screening for your members and employees
A list of resources can be found here, including posters, templates and videos
Club Insure will continue to promote this message until and beyond the Prostate Cancer talk on the 31st March 2022.