Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wise words on prostate problems

Prostate cancer continues to be controversial in its diagnosis and treatment but the one thing that nobody is arguing about is the ignorance of the British male. Apparently in the USA, 70% of men know what their PSA level is compared to just 6% here. (If you don't even know what a PSA is, check out our Prostate Problems section) I learned this statistic today on Radio 4 Case Notes presented by MHF patron Mark Porter. It was all about prostate problems.

Now I must admit I'm one of the 94% who don't know their PSA level. I'm not sure that's the issue. It says more about effective campaigning by drugs companies than healthier living. But what is important is to know what the prostate is and what are the risks of it killing you. This is the key fact: prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK accounting for 1 in 4 of all new male cancer diagnoses and it's on the rise. There's loads more on malehealth including advice from men who have been there. You can also download the Radio 4 podcast.

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