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Dorset Men Unaware Of Prostate Cancer Risk

Doctor listening to patients heart

7:05am 5th June 2014

Almost a third of men in Dorset are unaware of the risks of prostate cancer, according to the latest research.

A study by Prostate Cancer UK has found 31% don't know the 3 main risk factors, which are age, family history and ethnicity.

In our region 81% of men said they wouldn't see their GP even if they knew they were at risk.

Andrew Richardson from Sturminster Newton was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2007 and says men need to learn about the indicators and risks, which could save their life:

"There are a number of possible causes, prostate cancer being just one of them, if you have any suspicion you should get checked out."

"I came home from work and went for a wee and saw a splash of red and I thought that's a bit odd. Next time I went I saw it again and thought that's blood. I looked on the internet and Prostate Cancer came up as one of the causes so I thought I better contact my doctor and I saw him the day after. After various tests they confirmed that it was prostate cancer."

"I was half expecting it but it was a big disappointment to me and my family."

"I don't think men are aware of the risks, I certainly wasn't, there was no history of cancer in my family. So I thought it's not going to happen to me."

CEO of Prostate Cancer UK Owen Sharp told Wessex FM the figures are pretty shocking, and men need to learn about the risks and stop burying their heads in the sand:

"Very few men from what this survey is showing us don't know the main risk factors. So if you have a family member who's had prostate cancer, a brother or a father, certainly if you're a black man, and as you get over the age of 50 you are at an increased risk."

"A big part of it probably is a bloke thing, we do have a tendency to bury our heads in the sand and soldier on. I think one of the perceptions behind prostate cancer is that you have to wait until you have symptoms before you do anything, we know most of the cases that are diagnosed are from men who didn't have symptoms so it's so important that men initiate that conversation with their GP's."

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