Bassetlaw: Plea to region’s men during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

WORKSOP. Bassetlaw Hospital, Blyth Road.'Updated picture of the hospital
WORKSOP. Bassetlaw Hospital, Blyth Road.'Updated picture of the hospital

Men in Bassetlaw are being urged to speak to their GP if they are worried about their prostate.

As part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, men are encouraged not to ignore any symptoms and visit their GP.

Dr Vaithilingam Nanthakumar, GP at Larwood Surgery and GP at NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “In the UK, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are more at risk so if you are worried about prostate cancer or other prostate problems please speak to your GP.”

Symptoms include needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night; needing to rush to the toilet; difficulty in starting to urinate; straining or taking a long time while urinating; weak flow; feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully and passing blood in your urine or semen.

Dr Nanthakumar added: “These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored but they do not mean you definitely have prostate cancer. If you do have any symptoms then I would encourage you to speak your GP.”

“Although many men feel intimidated by the thought of a prostate exam, the examination is very quick and painless and takes only a matter of minutes.”

“Moreover, initially your GP may ask for a simple blood test (PSA) alone, which could also guide to the right diagnosis.”