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56 Health & Fitness Prostate cancer by Niamh Ollerton New figures released by Prostate Cancer UK in early February 2018 found prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer – about one in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives – meaning the male-only disease is now the third most common cancer to die from, after lung and bowel cancer, with one man dying every 45 minutes. The research from Prostate Cancer UK revealed that 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every year in the UK, compared to 11,442 women dying from breast cancer. The prostate gland sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. It is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. When cells in the prostate begin to grow in an uncontrolled way, prostate cancer can develop. The cancer often grows slowly to start with and may not cause problems, but in some cases the cancer is more likely to spread and treatment is necessary to stop it spreading outside the prostate. If contained within the prostate (localised prostate cancer or early prostate cancer) there usually are no symptoms, but some men may suffer from urinary problems. These can be mild and happen over many years and may be a sign of a benign prostate problem, rather than prostate cancer. The risk Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and the risk increases with age, and the average age for diagnosis is between 65 and 69 years. Men under 50 can get it, but it isn’t common. But, you may also have a high risk if you’re over 45 and have a family history of prostate cancer or are a black man. If you’re worried about your risk, do speak to your GP. March for Men Official fundraising events will be held across the summer months in aid of Prostate Cancer UK known as ‘March for Men.’ On Sunday, June 10, March for Men will be making its way to Wythenshawe Park, Manchester. Walkers of all abilities are invited to take park in the short (2k), medium (5k) or long (10k) walk through one of Manchester’s finest parks. The event site opens at 10am and the walk starts at 11am. It’s £10 to register with a £50 suggested fundraising target. There’s also the Liverpool March for Men taking place on the same day at Croxteth Hall and Country Park. Again you can take on either the short, medium or long, walk making your way around one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites. The short route on both walks are fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. So round up your loved ones and register now to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For more details and to register for either walk visit prostatecanceruk.org Prostate Cancer UK is the largest men’s health charity and they aim to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
LocalLife Wigan Edition March 2018
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