Prostate Cancer UK has analyzed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is horrified by its results. “The number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has surpassed 12,000 for the first time ever in a year,” reports the beneficial research. “This is unacceptable.”
In 2017 there were 12,031 disease deaths – the most recent data available – compared to 11,637 the previous year and 11,307 in 2014.
The probability of this increase is most likely due to an aging population, which means that more men are diagnosed with the disease.
One of the main obstacles to reducing the number of deaths from prostate cancer is late diagnosis, according to Prostate Cancer UK.
It is only when the cancer is growing at a faster rate, or is spreading, that symptoms usually appear.
When the cancer grows large enough, it can press on the urethra (the tube that urine passes through the body) and can create urinary problems.
These can be mild and happen for many years.
Although urinary disorders can be a warning sign of prostate cancer, it can also mean a very common non-cancerous problem called enlarged prostate.
Regardless, it is still a good idea to have symptoms checked by a doctor.
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Signs that cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, loss of appetite, testicular pain and unexplained weight loss.
The sooner any cancer is diagnosed, the faster treatment can begin and the chances of survival increase.
A man diagnosed this year has a much better chance of surviving than a man diagnosed a decade ago.
But there is currently no national health screening for deadly disease.
Risk factors include those over the age of 50 and people with a family history of the disease.
Cancer Research UK reports that one in six UK males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
It is currently the most common cancer for men and the diagnosis of the disease is expected to double by 2030.