Men in Yorkshire are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a late stage, according to statistics provided by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Around 47% of patients in Yorkshire are diagnosed at stages 3 and 4, compared to 39% in England 1. A late diagnosis can make treatment more difficult and lead to a lower chance of survival.
During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in March, Yorkshire Cancer Research is urging men across the region to look out for any unusual changes to their bodies and see a GP if they have any concerns about their health.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
- Needing to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Straining or taking a long time while urinating
- Weak flow
- Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
Symptoms that the cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.
There are currently more than 30,000 men living with or beyond a prostate cancer diagnosis in Yorkshire 2. Incidence rates are significantly higher than the England average in areas such as Doncaster CCG, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCG and Greater Huddersfield CCG 3.
Leah Holtam, Cancer Information Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It’s very worrying that so many men in Yorkshire are being diagnosed with prostate cancer at a late stage. We don’t know for sure why this is the case. However, it could indicate that men in our region are more reluctant to see their GP if they notice symptoms.
“It is vital that men talk to a doctor or nurse about any health concerns. The majority of the time a symptom or worry will turn out to be nothing serious. However, if it is cancer then finding it early can have a significant impact on treatment options and chances of survival. This is especially true for prostate cancer, which has a very high survival rate when diagnosed at an early stage.”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to increasing the early detection of cancer in Yorkshire by raising awareness of signs and symptoms. The charity also funds innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.
1. NCRAS, Stage data by CCG, http://www.ncin.org.uk/home
2. NCRAS, Cancer Prevalence in England – 21 year prevalence by demographic and geographic measures, http://www.ncin.org.uk/local_cancer_intelligence/tcst
3. CancerData https://www.cancerdata.nhs.uk/incidence
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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