Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for in men in the UK so it is important to see your GP if you have any symptoms such as an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied. These are very common symptoms in many men as they get older and so it is often nothing to worry about, but if you are concerned it is best to get it checked out.
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years and immediate treatment is not always necessary .If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance" may be adopted which involves carefully monitoring your condition. But men must see their GP to decide the best course of action if they have the symptoms of prostate cancer”.
Note for editors
- Prostate cancer generally affects men over 50 and is rare in younger men. It’s the most common type of cancer in men. Around 37,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year