Prostate cancer is a disease affecting over 400,000 men and their families in the UK. That’s why Prostate Cancer UK (Stand 5-421) are joining the show this November to reach men at risk, provide support to anyone with questions about prostate cancer and to anyone wishing to join them in the fight against the most common cancer in men
The charity will be joined on their stand by motor author Philip Porter’s Jaguar E-type which featured in the Italian job and recently completed the Round Britain Coastal Drive together with over 100 Jaguar E-types raising over £180,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The stand will also include 8 giant size “Man of Men” raising awareness of the risk of prostate cancer and a Prostate Cancer UK specialist nurse, together with charity staff and volunteers, to speak anyone with any concerns or questions about prostate cancer. In the UK, 1 in 8 men overall (and 1 in 4 black men) will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Attendees at the event will be able to make a donation at the stand, access health information, buy a “Man of Men” pin badge and find out more about how they can show their support for the cause.
With 72,000 people expected to attend this year’s show it’s a great opportunity for Prostate Cancer UK to speak to thousands of people. So please go and say hello.
Laura James, a specialist nurse at Prostate Cancer UK, will be available to support anyone with concerns about prostate cancer at this year's show. Here are some of Laura's answers to questions Prostate Cancer UK is aksed on a regular basis.
What is the prostate and where is it?
Only men have a prostate gland. It's usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sist underneath the bladder and surround the urethra - the tube men urintae (pee) and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make seamen - the fluid that carries sperm.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. This needs treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate.
Am I at risk of prostate cancer?
If you are over 50, have a family history of the disease or you are black then you are 2.5 times more likley to get prostate cancer.
When should I see my GP?
If you notice any changes to your urinary habits or your are concerned about a prostate problem, we would recommend seeing your GP. They may talk to you about something called a PSA test.
What is a PSA test?
A PSA test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen in the blood and can indicate a prostate problem.
How do I get a PSA test?
All men over the age of 50 are entitled to ask their GP for a PSA blood test. As there are benefits and limitations to the PSA test, it's important to have a conversation with your GP to help you decide is it's right for you. If you're at an increased risk of prostate cancer due to a family history of the disease and/or being of black ethnicity, you might want to discuss the PSA test with your GP from the age of 45.
Does a raised PSA level mean I have prostate cancer?
Not necessarily. While a raised PSA may mean you have prostate cancer, there are other conditions that can cause hugher PSA levelts too - for example, having an enlarged prostate, prostatitis (infection/inflammation of the porstate) or a urine infections may cause a higher PSA result.
Why isn't there a national screening programme for prostate cancer?
There's currently no single test or investigation that's rigorous enough to be able to accurately detect prostate cancer. The PSA test mentioned abover simply isn't accurate enough to be used as a screening tool for porstate cancer. We're currently working on a new risk assessment tool for GPs, which combined with better blood tests in development and more advance scanning, could potentially become the basis for a national screening programme in the next five years. But there's presently no national screening programme for the disease in the UK.
How do I get more information and support?
Laura will be available on the Prostate Cancer UK stand (5-421) on Friday and Saturday of the show. You can also call Prostate Cancer UK's specialist Nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecancer.org/nurses to speak to a nurse online or via email.