This week is the Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week.
This hugely important week raises awareness of male specific cancers - penile, testicular and prostate. The charity provides practical advice, support and information on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of these cancers.
Early detection greatly increases the chances for successful treatment
Recognising possible symptoms and taking the appropriate action can help in the prompt diagnosis and treatment of any cancer. This is of particular importance to men who are less inclined to visit the doctor than women, and appear to have a lack of awareness of their own health despite being 14% more likely to develop cancer than women.* Sadly, according to Peter Baker, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum, “Men are less aware of the symptoms than women and are more reluctant to seek help.” Even in 2018, when male cancer is more widely discussed thanks to the work of charities such as ‘Orchid’, ‘Movember’ and ‘Balls to Cancer’ men are still not seeking the help they need early enough.
As well as men knowing and recognising the symptoms of cancer as early as possible, it’s also critical that GP’s correctly test and diagnose for the disease so that patients get the very best chance of surviving the disease.
As can be seen from the list below, the symptoms of cancer may not be immediately obvious.
Penile Cancer – Symptoms • A growth or ulcer on the penis • Changes in colour of the penis • Skin thickening on the penis • Persistent discharge & foul odour beneath the foreskin • Blood coming from the tip of the penis or under the foreskin • Unexplained pain in the shaft or tip of the penis • Irregular or growing bluish-brown flat lesions or marks beneath the foreskin or on the body of the penis • Reddish, velvety rash beneath the foreskin • Small, crusty bumps beneath the foreskin • Irregular swelling at the end of the penis
Testicular Cancer – Symptoms • A small pea sized lump • Dragging sensation, ache or pain • Recent history of trauma • Breast swelling or tenderness • Back pain
Prostate Cancer – Symptoms • Slow or weak flow of urine • Urinating frequently or urgently • Difficulty starting to urinate • Pain or burning sensation when urinating • Unexplained urinary infection
If you are concerned for yourself or a partner, seeking help as early as possible is vital to ensure the successful treatment of any cancer. If you believe that you GP failed to spot the signs of cancer early enough, get in touch to see how we can help.
*Men’s Health Forum