MCAC want young black men to know that the black community is at a much higher risk from Prostate Cancer and to share this information with their families and communities.
What is the PSA?
The PSA is the Prostate Specific Antigen – a blood test taken to measure the amount of PSA molecules in your blood.
The test is not perfect! The NHS advise that for at least 2 days before the test you do not engage in vigorous exercise or have sex as this can alter your PSA levels.
Most men have a raised PSA – this does not necessarily mean cancer. It could be a urinary infection, or an enlarged prostate. Your doctor will be on hand to help you through the reasons.
Prostate Gland – what is it and what does it do?
The prostate gland sits just below your bladder and helps to produce healthy sperm. As the biggest gland in the male body, as you get older it gets bigger. Age is the biggest factor for this growth.
An enlarged prostate, this can affect your sexual function and how you urinate.
Prostate Cancer – what is it?
Any slow growing glad is more susceptible to developing cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in UK men. However, it can be a slow-growing tumour and several treatments available. Many men now can outlive the cancer, due to effective treatment.
47,600 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.
11,600 men die from it.
MCAC wants to help reduce that number by getting people to understand what it is and that there is no shame in having the PSA test, no reason to be embarrassed.
There are often no symptoms in the early stages – which is why getting the PSA is so important.
Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
Black men will die from the disease
White men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
White men will die from the disease
Asian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
Asian men will die from the disease
Study by BioMed Central Public Health
You are more at risks of prostate cancer if:
• You are of black origin – it actually doubles the risk. Therefore, our campaign is so important in reaching the black community and make more aware.
• You have a close relative (grandparent/father/brother) who has had prostate cancer.
Advantages for having the test:
• Datum point. It allows the prostate to be monitored and measured over a long period of time allow for possible early detection
Disadvantages of having the test:
• Not Perfect. Test is not 100% accurate. Over time this will improve.
GET YOUR PSA CHECKED
If you notice anything that is not normal for you, or are worried, you should speak to your GP.
For more information on prostate cancer and prostate problems visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/
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