Men’s Health Week is an annual event that runs from the 15th to the 21st of June 2020. The annual event helps to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and aims to help men become more aware of problems they may have or could suffer from in the future.
It is commonly known that many men often shy away from expressing their concerns or any problems they could be having with their health, or don’t want to admit they have a problem. Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, for Men’s Health Awareness Week, we want to help raise awareness for male cancers and the importance of getting checked regularly.
Testicular and prostate cancer are two of the most common cancers in men in the UK. Both testicular and prostate cancer can sometimes go unnoticed because many men don’t know the symptoms or the correct routine for checking themselves. The earlier cancer is detected, the higher the chance of survival, and both prostate and testicular cancer are incredibly treatable if caught early.
Testicular cancer is cancer that occurs in the testicular regions of men, and most cases of testicular cancer develop in the cells where sperm is made, called germ cells. The two main kinds of testicular cancer occur in the germ cells, these are Seminoma and Teratomas (non-Seminoma). All types of testicular cancer are more common in younger men, with the vast majority of patients being between the ages of 15-49.
In the UK, testicular cancer is on the rise with around 2,400 new cases diagnosed each year. Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, and survival can be high if found early. According to Cancer Research UK, around 95 percent of men with stage 2 testicular cancer, and around 80 percent of men with stage 3 and 4 testicular cancer survive for five years after diagnosis.
It is much easier to treat testicular cancer when it is diagnoses early, so it is incredibly important for males over the age of 15 to check themselves regularly.
How do I check for testicular cancer?
Some of the symptoms of testicular cancer are:
- A lump on the testicle
- Swelling of the testicle
- Heavy feeling in the scrotum
- Consistent lower backache
- Blood in semen
For men over the age of 15, you should check your testicles every month to establish what is ‘normal’ and check for any lumps, bumps, or abnormalities. If you do find anything unusual or experience any symptoms, you should contact your GP to get checked out.
What are the treatments for testicular cancer?
When it comes to testicular cancer the most common treatment is the surgical removal of the affected testicle. However, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy are recommended to prevent cancer from coming back.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the prostate gland, a small walnut-shaped gland found at the base of the bladder. Prostate cancer develops when cells start to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way, the cells can then grow into nearby organs and tissues causing cancer to spread. It usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years, however, in some cases, it can grow more swiftly and spread to other parts of the body, particularly the bones. This form of cancer is most common in older men, most commonly around the age of 75.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until the prostate gland grows large enough to press on the urethra. Some of the most common symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Needing to urinate more frequently or having to get up numerous times during the night to pee
- Difficulty peeing
- Pain when urinating
- A feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
- Pain in the hips, lower back, or upper thighs
- Erectile dysfunction
- Blood in the semen or urine
Prostate cancer can be hard to check for as many men don’t experience symptoms, which is why it is so important to visit your GP regularly for prostate exams to ensure it is caught early.
What are the treatments for prostate cancer?
Clatterbridge Private Clinic offers several advanced and innovative treatments for prostate cancer. Some of the treatments that Clatterbridge Private Clinic can offer include:
- External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Targeted drug therapies
- Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)
How can Clatterbridge Private Clinic help?
Here at Clatterbridge Private Clinic, we provide expert cancer care, tailored to your specific needs, in a modern and calming environment. If you have received a diagnosis of prostate or testicular cancer, you can ask to be referred to Clatterbridge Private Clinic for treatment. We have a team of expert consultants who specialise in the treatment of prostate and testicular cancer and can provide patients with fast access to a range of innovative treatments, many of which are not available on the NHS.
Our private patient liaison team are always on hand to offer any help, support, or guidance and work hard to make your experience as comfortable and easy as possible. To find out more about private cancer care for prostate or testicular cancer contact our friendly team on, 0151 668 0648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.