Prostate cancer deaths are on the rise - how can you reduce your risk?

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Recent analysis by Prostate Cancer UK has identified that deaths from prostate cancer have exceeded 12,000 in one year for the first time. From this, they predicted that prostate cancer will overtake breast cancer as the UK’s most diagnosed cancer in 10 years’ time.

This is partly due to the fact that prostate cancer is very difficult to spot and a complicated disease to diagnose. And as is the case with other forms of cancer, an early diagnosis is key to increase the likelihood of survival.

Prostate cancer in its early stages does not usually cause any symptoms. However, if you are male or you were assigned male at birth, and you are experiencing symptoms such as blood or semen in your urine, difficulty passing urine or passing urine more often, it is essential you see your GP as soon as possible to discuss the potential need for a prostate examination and/or blood test.

In most cases, medical professionals diagnose and treat prostate cancer swiftly and without delay. However, on occasion, a diagnosis can be delayed due to negligent medical care.  

As men grow older, the prostate enlarges, causing very similar symptoms to that of prostate cancer. As a result of this, symptoms of prostate cancer are often mistaken as a normal part of growing older. The necessary investigations are therefore not instigated and evidence of cancer can be missed. Prostate cancer can also be easily missed if a doctor misreads blood test results, or fails to properly perform a prostate examination.

If you have suffered a delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer, or your treatment has been delayed, it is possible that you can make a claim for clinical negligence. At Ince Metcalfes, we have experience in dealing with claims relating to prostate cancer in an empathetic and sensitive manner.

If you believe that you or a family member has suffered as a result of medical negligence, please contact us. Alternatively, you can email us by using the "make an enquiry" button.

For more information on prostate cancer, visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.

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