Prostate & Ovarian
Cancer Awareness Month
In the UK over 44,000 men are affected with
prostate cancer per year, while one in every 54 women develop ovarian cancer.
Both diseases typically affect men and
women over 50 years, with the risk increasing with age. A family history of ovarian
or prostate cancer is also a significant risk factor.
ProstateUK and Target Ovarian
Cancer UK are leading the charge in tackling these insidious diseases, with
a focus on early detection and treatment during entire month of March.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include the
need to frequently urinate and severe pain and/or the presence of blood when
urinating or ejaculating.
Symptoms of ovarian cancer also include the
need to frequently urinate as well as pelvic/abdominal pain, bloating and difficulty
While prostate cancer is non-fatal in most
cases, the disparity between prostate cancer awareness, funding and research
compared to other more life threatening diseases mean that outcomes for
prostate cancers are often poor in comparison. The longer symptoms are ignored
and treatment or management is delayed, the greater the risk to life. Black men
are far more likely to contract prostate cancer, with one in four affected at
some point in their lives.
three per cent of women are very confident of spotting a symptom
of ovarian cancer, with 7000 women diagnosed per year. Survival rates are
typically much lower than other cancers, as it is often detected at a very late
stage after which it has spread to other parts of the body.
Throughout the month of March both Prostate UK and Target Ovarian Cancer UK are
organising a number of fundraising and awareness events. Visit their respective websites for more
Click the links below for more information
about prostate and ovarian cancer:
Choices - Prostate Cancer
Choices - Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Choices - Ovarian Cancer
Choices - Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer