In concordance with our jumper promoting awareness about Prostate Cancer, the team at Rude Christmas Jumpers has decided to look into some of the statistics surrounding the illness, which is the second biggest cancer-related killer of men in the United Kingdom.
Sounds scary, right? Unfortunately, the issue is just as problematic over in the USA – where prostate cancer is again the second biggest cancer-related killer of men in the country.
Keep an eye out
While you might be worried by our introduction – fear not! There’s good news about prostate cancer survival rates – they’re very high! Over 80% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for a decade or more after their diagnosis. This is a great improvement on the 1970s, when only a quarter of men diagnosed survived the disease past a decade.
What brought about this change? There are actually less cases in deprived areas of England, so the phenomenon is not really related to social class. One potential reason is the proliferation of PSA testing – although the test isn’t entirely accurate, it is still useful for detecting issues early on.
There are several other methods of testing for signs of prostate cancer alongside the PSA test, so be smart and investigate them!
Effects on the black community
One group that is disproportionately affected by prostate cancer is black men.
Efforts have been made to make black men aware of the threat posed by prostate cancer, to a degree of success. The work done is desperately needed, as one in four black men will develop prostate cancer according to Prostate Cancer UK.
So, what can one take away from this after reading? Be vigilant, that’s what! If you feel like you may be feeling the symptoms of prostate cancer – please visit your GP.
Credit: Cancer Research UK, http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer#heading-Four, Accessed September 2016
Credit: American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics , Accessed September 2016
Credit: Prostate Cancer UK, http://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/black-communities, Accessed September 2016
Credit: Prostate Cancer UK, http://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/black-communities/1-in-4-stat-explained, Accessed September 2016
Credit: NHS UK, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-prostate/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx, Accessed September 2016
Credit: NHS UK, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-prostate/Pages/Symptoms.aspx, Accessed September 2016
Credit: NHS UK, http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Prostatehealth/Pages/psa-test.aspx,Accessed September 2016
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