Time to talk about male cancers

03 September 2019

In her latest blog for us, Beth Britton writes about the importance of raising awareness of male cancers

The ‘Big C’ as cancer is still often referred to has come a long way since its days as a stigmatised disease that no one talked about. Yet despite cancer becoming a more mainstream talking point, the rates of cancer remain worryingly high, with someone being diagnosed with a form of cancer every two minutes in the UK.

Breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancers account for over half (53%) of all new cancer cases, with cancer detection programmes heavily weighted in favour of women, who are routinely offered cervical and breast screening. In contrast, men aren’t currently routinely offered any screening for male cancers, despite the fact that prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men.


Prostate cancer

Like many social care providers that I work with, Promedica24 support gentlemen who have been diagnosed with male cancers, particularly prostate cancer given that the incidence of prostate cancer is highest in men aged 75-79. With rates of prostate cancer predicted to rise 12% by 2035, there is an urgent need for all older men, and those who support them, to have a greater understanding of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer in order to be diagnosed earlier and have the greatest chance of survival.

The signs and symptoms to look out for include needing to pee more frequently and often at night, rushing to the toilet, difficulty in starting to pee, straining, taking a long time to pee and/or a weak flow, a feeling that the bladder hasn’t emptied fully and blood in urine or semen.

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, meaning that the signs and symptoms may only be noticed gradually. The majority of symptoms are associated with urination because as a prostate cancer develops the prostate becomes enlarged and affects the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis.)


Testicular cancer

Testicular is one of the most treatable types of cancer and commonly affects men aged 15-49, although it would be wrong to assume that if you are an older man you won’t get testicular cancer.

Signs and symptoms include a painless swelling or lump in a testicle, any change in shape or texture of the testicles (including a difference in appearance between one testicle and the other), firmness in a testicle, an ache or pain in the testicles or scrotum which may be intermittent and a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.


Penile cancer

Penile cancer is relatively rare and most commonly affects men over 50. Signs and symptoms include a growth or sore on the penis that doesn’t heal within a few weeks, bleeding from the penis or under the foreskin, an unpleasant smelling discharge, a rash or change of colour on the skin of the penis and/or a thickening of the skin of the penis or foreskin that makes it difficult to draw back the foreskin.


Barriers to accessing a diagnosis

The biggest barriers to men accessing a diagnosis are usually embarrassment about intimate examinations, a fear of what the diagnostic process might entail and worries about the side-effects from any treatments that are needed. There is often a hope that symptoms will just ‘go away’ or are attributable to something other than cancer. Men who live alone are potentially at the greatest risk of a delayed diagnosis, since they may not have anyone close to them to discuss their symptoms with or to support them in seeking advice.


Positive outcomes

All cancers are most treatable the earlier they are diagnosed, and with this week being Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week there is no better time to find out more about male cancers to help protect your health or the health of a man that you care about.


About the author:

Beth Britton is an award-winning content creator, consultant, trainer, mentor, campaigner and speaker who is an expert in ageing, health and social care.



To find out more about how Promedica24’s live-in care can help to support a person who is living with cancer, please visit https://www.promedica24.co.uk/types-of-care/condition-led-care/cancer-care-at-home/, call 0800 086 8686 or email care@promedica24.co.uk

More news & blogs

Celebrating our diversity

Celebrating our diversity

In her latest blog for us, Beth Britton writes about the value of ethnic diversity in our society and how […]

Read more
The benefits of sharing a home with pets

The benefits of sharing a home with pets

International Cat Day was recently celebrated all around the world and it was the perfect opportunity to start discussions over […]

Read more
Fun for all ages

Fun for all ages

In her latest blog for us, Beth Britton writes about her passion for intergenerational work and how it can benefit […]

Read more

Request a call back

To find out more or speak to your local Promedica24 representative, please fill in our contact form.

Who are you looking for care for?
For myself
For my loved one
I'm looking for something else
We hereby inform that your consent may be withdrawn at any time, by sending an email to: dataprotection@promedica24.co.uk or by phone: +44 20 3318 5475.
Withdrawing your consent will not affect the compliance with the right to process data, if such processing was performed before the consent was withdrawn.

Please complete the selected fields.

We inform you that the following companies:

  • Promedica UK Ltd, in Watford, WD17 1AP, Cassiobury House, 11/19 Station Road, Watford, Herts,
  • Promedica24 (Wiltshire) Ltd in Swindon, SN2 8BW, Kembrey Park Pure Offices Suite 50,
  • Promedica24 (West Midlands) Ltd, in Coventry, CV4 8JA, Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park, Ensign Business Centre, First Floor No 15,
  • Promedica24 (Lancashire) Ltd, in Rawtenstall, BB4 6HH, New Hall Hey Road, Hardmans Business Centre, Suite 1,

are co-administrators of your personal data processed on the basis of your consent expressed in order to contact you and provide the details of the offer of care services.

Learn more about GDPR Privacy notice for customers

Thank You

One of our representatives will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements