The Fry Effect? Why prostate cancer testing is more important than ever

on Thursday, 20 September 2018. Posted in blog

The Fry Effect? Why prostate cancer testing is more important than ever
 Prostate cancer is now the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.
 
When author, presenter and actor Stephen Fry told his 13 million followers on Twitter that he had been diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer it may have had an unexpected effect.
 
Stephen Fry’s twitter announcement appears to have led to a surge in men getting checked and therefore an increase in diagnoses which while is brilliant news for catching cancer early may have led to the percentage of patients being treated within the 62-day to drop significantly in the last couple of months. 
 
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men and causes 10,000 deaths in the UK every year. Although the causes are unknown, a family history does indicate a greater risk of contracting this disease. However, if caught early and treated appropriately, the recovery rates are extremely good. 
 
Your risk for prostate cancer increases if you are
Over 50
Have a  father or a brother with prostate cancer
Are black
 
Often there are no symptoms however symptoms can include:
 
a sudden need to urinate 
difficulty starting to urinate
a weak flow of urine
a feeling that your bladder isn’t properly emptying
dribbling urine after you finish urinating
needing to urinate more often, especially at night
 
More advanced symptoms are:
back pain, hip pain or pelvic pain
problems getting or keeping an erection
blood in the urine or semen
unexplained weight loss.
 
At Southdowns Private Healthcare we combine MRI scans with a blood test to offer a highly effective screen for this disease. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are particularly effective in identifying soft-tissue cancers, such as prostate, as the magnetic resonance uses the properties of the soft tissue itself to create the detail in the image. 
 
By combining an MRI scan with a blood test to check Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, we can offer a highly effective screen for this disease.
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