Movember and Mens' health issues

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Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, and to raise money for charity. 

Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is key to a good prognosis. At BL Claims Solicitors, we are often consulted by clients where there has been an avoidable delay in diagnosis. Being aware of your body and any potentially concerning symptoms can help to ensure that you receive the right treatment as soon as possible.

Testicular Cancer

Signs and Symptoms

These may include one or more of the following:

  • Lump or swelling in the testicle. This could be as small as a pea or much larger;
  • Discomfort or pain in the testicle or scrotum;
  • A heavy scrotum.

Find it early

Early treatment results in the best outcome so men are advised to perform self- examination regularly.  Check your testicles so you know what is normal as this will make it easier to notice changes.  If you find a lump or swelling make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible.

Diagnosis and treatment

Testicular cancer is usually diagnosed by ultrasound - a painless examination using sound waves. If cancer is diagnosed the standard treatment is surgery to remove the testicle. Removal of a testicle does not affect fertility and a prosthetic testicle can be implanted for aesthetic purposes. More than 95% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer who receive conventional treatment have a good outcome.

Prostate Cancer

Men have a gland called the Prostate which sits below the bladder and surrounds the urethra which carries urine from the bladder to the penis. Very early prostate cancer generally does not cause any symptoms at all. The symptoms of growths in the prostate are similar whether they are non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). The symptoms include:

  • Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine;
  • Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night;
  • Difficulty passing urine, including straining to pass it or stopping and starting;
  • A sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder.

Very rarely you may get:

  • Pain when passing urine;
  • Blood in the urine or semen.

These are more often a symptom of a non- cancerous prostate, but warrant a visit to your GP.

Seeing your GP

There are specific guidelines that tell GPs the symptoms to look out for, and when they should send you to a specialist for tests. The guidelines say that men who have symptoms that could be due to prostate cancer should be offered:

  • A blood test to check the level of a protein called PSA;
  • A rectal examination.

If you have a suspicious PSA reading and other symptoms that could be related to prostate cancer, the guidelines say your GP should consider referring you to a specialist for an appointment within two weeks.

Diagnosis and treatment 

Diagnosis is usually made by a specialist using ultrasound scanning and taking a biopsy. The main treatments for prostate cancer are surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. Sometimes chemotherapy is used.

Remember

The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely the treatment is to be successful. Listen to your body and go to your GP as soon as possible if you have any concerning symptoms.

BL Claims Solicitors are here to help

If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at info@blclaims.co.uk

About the Author

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Jacqui is a Nurse Advisor and Medical Researcher in our Clinical Negligence team with over 18 years of experience as a registered nurse.

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