Rotary Club of Reading

Men and Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is relatively unknown within the general public. This is because men are notoriously loath to think about disease and especially prostate cancer so that not enough of them get themselves tested. In consequence, when they do get the disease it is often far more advanced than it would have been had they been screened at an earlier stage.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet will reduce a man's chances of contracting the disease but it does tend to run in families and also to affect men whose female relatives have suffered from breast cancer. The prostate becomes larger as rogue cells take over, even before any symptoms appear. When they do appear they do not always indicate cancer but taking a long time to urinate, a weak urinary flow and frequent visits to the loo are danger signals.
All men aged between 50 and 80 should take the test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) by contacting their GP or a Specialist Nurse. Also, men can attend the mass screening organised three times a year by the Reading Lions.
In summary, Steve's message was simple: 'Think about it and do something about it!' However, he warned that a man who takes a pregnancy test will no doubt be reassured that he is not pregnant but it will be useless in determining whether he has prostate cancer.