International Men’s Day: Promoting Well-Being And Raising Awareness Of Cancer In Males

International Men's Day

International Men’s Day: Promoting Well-Being And Raising Awareness Of Cancer In Males

The 19th November 2020 marks the annual celebration of International Men’s Day in the UK. International Men’s Day is a global event to promote male diversity and raise awareness of positive wellbeing in males.

International Men’s Day is a day to recognise the importance of positive well-being, promote discussions about men and masculinity, and raise awareness of organisations, which support men’s welfare. Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we want to ensure all of our patients feel supported and are given the best support, to put you at ease. Our team focuses on providing advanced knowledge of a variety of different diseases, exceptional care, and treatment plans whilst creating a positive and calming journey. At Clatterbridge Private Clinic, this International Men’s Day we want to emphasise the importance of positive wellbeing, checking yourself frequently to ensure you are tested if any issues arise and raising awareness for male cancers.

Doctor with male cancer patient


Common Cancers in Males:

Prostate and testicular cancer are the most common cancer diagnosed in males.  Both prostate and testicular cancers are located in the male’s reproductive system.


1) Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease, found in a small gland in the pelvis, located only in men. Recent research has highlighted that around 48,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year. Usually, the causes of prostate cancer are unknown, however lifestyle choices can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. In the same way, prostate cancer can be a higher risk in older men aged 50 or older. Four out of ten men who are 70 years or older will have prostate cancer. Nonetheless, some men will never be affected by cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer progresses when cells break away uncontrollably from the original cell sites and settle in nearby organs. This creates cancer cells to grow together, forming tumours causing the unfortunate rapid spread of cancer.  


Symptoms For Prostate Cancer

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer may have no symptoms related to their disease. It may be that the cancer is too small but when the prostate gland grows large enough, this is when symptoms will become visible.

Some common symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

-Fatigue

-Difficulty or pain passing urine

-Frequent visits to the toilet

-Pain in the hips, pelvis, and back

-Blood in urine and semen

-A feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully

-Erectile dysfunction


4 Good Ways To Prevent Prostate Cancer


1)Increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables

2)Decrease your daily intake of fats and red meats.

3)Exercise frequently whilst maintain a healthy weight.

4)Inform your doctor of supplements and vitamins consumed.


What are the best treatments and preventions for testicle cancer?

Treatments For Prostate Cancer


The advanced treatments offered at Clatterbridge Private Clinic are innovative and unique. We offer several advanced treatments for prostate cancer, including:

-Brachytherapy

-Chemotherapy

-External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)

-Image-guided radiation therapy

-Immunotherapy

-Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

-Targeted drug therapies

-Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)


2) Testicular Cancer


The main causes of testicular cancer are unclear, but one of the main symptoms is the development of lumps in testicles. This is why it is important for males to check themselves regularly, especially if they are over the age of 15.  

Testicular cancer typically affects males at a younger age, particularly 15 to 49. In most cases, testicular cancer develops in the cells located in the testicles, where the sperm is produced. Testicular cancer is a rare type of cancer, although around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK.


What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

Symptoms For Testicular Cancer

It is important to recognise that the symptoms for testicular cancer may be similar to other conditions that affect the testicles. Checking your body frequently and knowing your body well is incredibly important.

Some common symptoms of testicular cancer may include:

-Blood in semen

-A lump on the testicle

-The feeling of a heavy scrotum

-Discomfort or pain in a testicle or the scrotum

-Consistent lower back pain


For men over the age of 15, frequent checking is important to determine what is healthy and to check for any abnormalities, lumps, or irregularities.


Treatments for Testicular Cancer 


Step guide on how to check your testicles for cancer.

Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we provide exceptional cancer care and treatments for testicular cancer. Testicular cancer treatments usually depend on the stage and type of testicular cancer. However, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments are usually used to treat and prevent testicular cancer from reoccurring.


Getting Checked For Testicular Cancer

At Clatterbridge Private we are dedicated to providing exceptional care to all patients. We encourage you to contact your GP if you notice any signs or symptoms or abnormalities. After your initial diagnosis you can request to be referred to Clatterbridge Private Clinic to receive your treatment, and our team at Clatterbridge Private will help you to make an informed treatment decision.


Coping And Support When You Have Prostate Or Testicular Cancer 

At Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we understand that coping with cancer can be challenging. We are here to help this process and encourage you to access information that will help you know what to expect. Take information to your appointment and create a list of questions to ask when you see your GP or when you are referred to Clatterbridge Private Clinic.

A cancer diagnosis can be life-changing however, we have an exceptional team of professionals that are there to support our patients dealing with cancer. Dr Helen Beesley our clinical psychologist has received a huge amount of positive feedback from patients. We want to make this process easy for you and support you through this journey.


How can Clatterbridge Private help you?

The Clatterbridge Private Clinic has a team of expert consultants who have advanced knowledge of prostate and testicular cancer. We can inform our patients on new technologies, therapies, and treatments, which you will have fast access to in a refreshing, comfortable environment.

Our outstanding cancer care is tailored to your needs and our private patient liaison team is always on hand to offer any help and support to make your journey with us as easy as possible. To find out more about private cancer care for prostate and testicular cancer contact our friendly team on 0151 668 0648 or email us at ccf-tf.info.clinic@nhs.net.

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