Cancer Awareness Month is a national initiative which aims to raise awareness about the importance of getting prostate cancer screening and treatment, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said in a statement on Thursday.
“This is a critical time for men, as they will have the opportunity to get their prostate cancer tested and treated on a regular basis,” the RCGP said.
“If you have symptoms, the best thing to do is talk to your GP or to a specialist, as the risk of cancer is significantly higher when there is no treatment.”
The RCGP also noted that many men in their 20s and 30s are likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer later in life, with a high rate of relapse and subsequent treatment failure.
“A great deal of care needs to be taken by both the patient and the health service, with the best course of action being to discuss with the patient whether he or she should have further tests and treatment,” the statement said.
“If they do, they should be followed up with further tests.”
Routine testing for prostate cancer is an essential part of the overall cancer treatment plan.
However, many men are unaware of their options, with many people who have a positive result having their diagnosis delayed or not recognised until later in the process.RCGP says it is “truly a national event” and that it is important to raise public awareness of the need for testing, so men can be informed about the need to seek treatment sooner.
“We are confident that if men have a negative result from their test, they will be able to get tested, treated, and treated right the way up to diagnosis,” the RCPG said.
“It’s important that this information is widely available and is readily accessible.”
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