Men’s Health Week

Prostate Cancer

As we reach the end of this year’s Men’s Health Week, an annual programme that focuses on key areas of health which affect men in particular, we want to turn the focus to prostate cancer.

Parcelforce colleague Steve Crumpler spoke out about his brush with prostate cancer earlier this year, and urged his male colleagues to go to their doctor and ‘ask the doctor to do a prostate check – because it could save your life.’

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, with one in eight men getting prostate cancer in their lifetime.

It is easier and more effective to treat prostate cancer if it is caught early, but for a variety of reasons often men put off seeing their GP.

Symptoms of prostate cancer

Usually, symptoms do not appear straight away and it develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years. Symptoms may include:

  • Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
  • Needing to rush to the toilet
  • Difficulty in starting to urinate (hesitancy)
  • Straining or taking a long time while urinating  
  • Weak flow
  • Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
  • Blood in urine or semen.

These symptoms should not be ignored, but they do not mean you have prostate cancer. It's more likely they're caused by something else, such as prostate enlargement, but you should visit your GP for tests.

Guidance to reduce the risk of prostate cancer includes:

  • Choose a low-fat diet. Foods that contain fats include meats, nuts, oils and dairy products
  • Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat each day which are full of vitamins and nutrients
  • Eat fish such as salmon, tuna and herring which contain omega-3 fatty acids
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise as often as you can.

Seeing your GP

The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the treatment is to be successful. It is important to go to your GP as soon as possible if you have any worrying symptoms.

For further information visit: www.prostatecanceruk.org or www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer.

First Class Support is available

Support is available 24/7 from the First Class Support service, where you can obtain confidential and practical lifestyle advice as well as direct access to counselling services.

Call 0345 266 5060, visit www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or download the ‘Lifeworks’ app. New users of the website/app can ‘sign up’ using a unique invitation code, which is RMG- and then your payroll number, e.g. RMG-12345678.

The Rowland Hill Fund, offering financial aid to colleagues, pensioners and their families in times of need are available by calling 0345 600 4586 or visiting www.rowlandhillfund.org.

Visit www.cancerresearchuk.org and www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer for further information and access to useful resource materials.

For more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/symptoms/

https://prostatecanceruk.org/

18 Jun 2021