As Dignity Wear grows ever closer to launching, we are often approached by women who share with us that it’s not only them who have issues around exposure and embarrassment during routine GP visits but its their husbands, partners and fathers too, in particular relation to general prostate tests. Of course we felt it was time to investigate.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. It directly affects the male sex gland located underneath the bladder. Why are the numbers so high? Well the answer is simple. Men are quite literally dying of embarrassment because they are reluctant to seek medical advice or treatment for prostate cancer, according to a leading expert.
There are many symptoms and signs and some of them include: the need to urinate frequently, a weak urine flow, lower back pain and blood in urine. There are many early warning signs of the disease but Doctor’s claim that many men simply ignore them because they are too self-conscious about seeking help. This dramatically increases their chance of dying from the illness.
So who does this disease affect? The chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. Most cases develop in men aged 45 or older. For reasons not yet understood, prostate cancer is more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent, and less common in men of Asian descent.
It has now been predicted that over the next decade prostate cancer will overtake lung and breast cancer to become the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer. This will be largely due to an ageing population and a likely increase in numbers of cases diagnosed, through the greater use of screening.
Professor Alan Horwich helped to establish the UK's first dedicated male cancer research centre last year. He said: 'The important thing is that men should never be tempted to ignore symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem. A GP would much rather have his or her time 'wasted' than not see a patient until it's too late.
'It's vital that both men and women are made aware of the issues - and that men are encouraged to overcome their reluctance to discuss their 'waterworks'. Too many are quite literally dying of embarrassment.'
A number of charities such as Prostate Cancer UK, the Movember campaign and Manogram are making great strides towards raising awareness. If you read this article or know someone with whom this article resonates then get on-line and get informed.