More than 450 men in Northamptonshire are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, according to new figures published by Macmillan Cancer Support.
The report came as the charity launched a new public awareness campaign after it was revealed that three quarters of those affected are over the age of 65.
Pamela Ferrar, Macmillan Uro-oncology nurse specialist with Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust says, “The largest group of urological cancer patients that we see are Prostate Cancer patients.
“Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men in the UK. However, survival rates are improving, and as with all types of cancer early diagnosis and treatment will ensure the best outcomes.
“Gentlemen who have urological symptoms should be checked by their GPs however not everyone with Prostate cancer has symptoms, so I would advise anyone with a family history of Prostate cancer to be checked,” she added.
A spokeswoman for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “The most common symptoms of prostate cancer include having to rush to the toilet to pass urine, difficulty in passing urine and passing urine more often than usual, especially at night.
“For some men the first noticeable symptoms are pain in the back, hips or pelvis. These symptoms could be caused by other problems such as general aches and pains or arthritis, but it is still a good idea to get them checked out by a GP,” she said.
“Cancer is the toughest fight many people will ever face, and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone,” she added.
If you have any worries or questions about prostate cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.