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Prostate cancer and prostate cancer in black men of African-Caribbean descent
Black men of African-Caribbean descent have a higher risk of prostate cacer.  In America, African-American men have an estimated 55% greater risk of prostate cancer than the white men and are 2.4 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men.  Furthermore, a study in Kingston, Jamaica found that black men had the highest incidence rate in the world.  If you required specific data it can be given to you.
Deaths from prostate cancer vary across the region of england.  Mortality in the East Midland is higher than the England averages, whilst mortality in the south East is lower on average.  Highlighting the need for local solutions to their specific health  challenges.  If you need any data on the specific numbers can be given.
Prostate cancer – symptoms and what to look for
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with over 36,000 being diagnosed every year within the UK.  Some men with prostate cancer may have no symptoms at all.  However any problems relating to your waterworks may possibly also be a sign of problems with your prostate.  Some of the symptoms caused by such prostate problems inlcude:
  • You need to urinate more often, especially during the night
  • You find it difficult to pass urine
  • You strain when urinating or take an unusually long time to finish
  • Your flow of urine is generally weak
  • You feel like you bladder has not completely emptied
  • You constantly need to rush to the toilet – you occasionally leak urine before you can reach the toilet
  • Your urine dribbles
Problems with passing urine are common in older men, but this does not mean that men should ignore the signs or have to put up with them.  Treatments for urinating symptoms, prostate problems and prostate cancer are available.
Testing for prostate cancer
Although there is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer, there is a simple blood test, called the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test which can help your doctor decide if you have prostate problems.  All men over 50 years old are entitled to a free PSA test from the NHS, providing that they have made an informed choice following discussion with their GP regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the the test.  Click HERE for more information.
A raised PSA level shows that there might be a problem with your prostate.  However, a PSA test alone cannot diagnose prostate cancer and there are advantages and disadvantages to the test.  So if you are concerned about prostate cancer, talk to your doctor as soon as possible, especially if you have a strong family history of prostate cancer.  We strongly recommend that you maintain close contact with your GP and make yourself aware of the particular issues rekating to the occurence of prostate cancer in our community.
Where can I find out more?
Call the Prostate Cancer UK helpline on 0800 074 8383, via which you can obtain a leaflet on prostate problems and/or prostate cancer, or speak to a specialist nurse.  Alternatively visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.
The Tragedy of Delayed Diagnosis and Referral
Cynthia Dyer's husband Hugh died from prostate cancer at the age of 59 in June 2010.  Despite having symptoms akin to early prostate cancer for three years, he was not given a rectal examination of the prostate cancer or a PSA blood test by his GP.  After changing GP and pressure from Cynthia, Hugh was eventually seen by an oncologist at Warwick Hospital and was treated with hormone theraphy, radiotherapy and and chemotherapy.  Sadly, the diagnosis and the treatment came too late for Hugh and his lovely family.
So, if in doubt, or you have any concern about your health, make an appointment with your GP, and sit him/her down and explain your concerns clearly.  State why you think that you are ill, and any type of symptoms that you may be having.
UPDATE: The Cynthia Dyer Foundation held a 'Sparkles and Bow' event on 31/ 11/2013.  This was well-attended, lots of fun and everybody went home happy knowing that their contributon would be put to good use.