One of the causes that Movember raises money for is prostate cancer. The biggest cancer in men, prostate cancer affects around 1 in 8 men in the UK. It mainly affects men over 50 and is more of a risk in black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer. The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis of men.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
The symptoms of prostate cancer do not become apparent until the prostate is enlarged enough to affect the tube that carries urine through the bladder out of the penis (urethra). When this happens, some symptoms that may appear include:
- An increased need to urinate
- Straining when urinating
- A feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
These symptoms may not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, they could also be signs of an enlarged prostate. However, they are red flags so you should always go and see your doctor if you are suffering with any of these symptoms.
A PSA test is a blood test that measures the level of PSA and may help to find prostate cancer early. Any man over 50 can ask for this test from their GP. Men who are at a higher risk can ask for the test at 45. PSA tests are not a routine test, as they can pick up other, non-cancerous conditions, so there are other tests that doctors use to pick up the disease. These include: biopsies, blood tests, MRI scans, and digital rectal examinations (DRE).
Movember and Prostate Cancer
One of the main causes that Movember raises money for is prostate cancer. Movember state that by 2030 they want to halve the number of men dying from prostate cancer. They also state that they want to halve the number of men facing serious ongoing side effects of prostate cancer.
They fund numerous projects around the world in the research not the disease and say that their main focus is collaboration. The main charity that they work with in the UK is Prostate Cancer UK.
Prostate Cancer Negligence
If you have any of the red flag symptoms of prostate cancer and they have not been picked up on by a medical professional, then you may be able to claim for medical negligence. For example, if you went to your GP with symptoms and they did not refer you for further tests, and it affects your prognosis, then you may be able to make a claim.
Unfortunately, this can happen due to human error. But if it is found that your condition could have been more easily treated or cured, then we may be able to help.
How We Can Help
Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitor’s firms who have years of experience in dealing with all manner of medical negligence cases. This includes negligence involving prostate cancer. Contact us today by filling in our contact form or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable advisors.