Cancer: Bupa launches male check service to detect prostate and testicular cancer symptoms
According to Bupa, the healthcare company saw an increase in male health assessment bookings in the earlier part of this year.
In March, male health assessment bookings rose by 28 per cent compared to March 2017, while April saw a huge 43 per cent rise year-on-year.
In response, Bupa has launched a new male health check service, specifically designed to provide assessment and advice for prostate and testicular cancer.
The comprehensive service comprises a 30 minute consultation with a doctor, who will take medical history and provide any clinical checks and tests.
If clinically indicated, tests and checks can include a PSA blood test for prostate cancer, a prostate examination and a testicular examination.
If test results show anything suspicious, Bupa will either signpost the patient to an NHS GP or refer them to a private specialist for follow-up tests and treatment, if required.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the UK, with 130 new diagnoses each day.
Testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers, diagnosed in more than six men each day in the UK.
“Cancer awareness has significantly improved so it’s good that men are being more proactive about their health. The reality is that men can still be reluctant to take time out for a health check,” said Bupa UK Associate Clinical Director Dr Luke Powles.
“That’s why we created this specific, short check-up, which is designed to give men a greater understanding around prostate and testicular cancer, along with guidance on their risks of these and the need for any further action, while fitting it in easily around their busy schedules.”
Dr Powles urges men in the UK not to be embarrassed about seeking help for potential cancer symptoms.
Symptoms of prostate cancer include needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night, and needing to rush to the toilet.
Difficulty starting to urinate, straining or taking a long time while urinating, and weak flow are also symptoms.
Other symptoms of prostate cancer are a feeling your bladder has not emptied fully, and blood in the urine or semen.
Prostate cancer is usually more common in men over the age of 50.
Testicular cancer, meanwhile, is more common in men between the ages of 15 and 49, according to the NHS.
Symptoms of testicular cancer include a painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles.
The swelling or lump can be about the size of a pea but may be larger.
Other symptoms of testicular cancer include an increase in the firmness of a testicle, a difference between one testicle and the other, a dull ache or sharp pain in the testicles or scrotum, and a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum.
“It’s important not to put off seeing your GP about any symptoms because you’re worried about an examination,” said Dr Powles.
“There’s no need to feel embarrassed – they are important medical checks that your GP has done many times before.”
“The examinations involved are really quick and easy and can help identify any potential prostate or testicular problems. If you are experiencing any symptoms, make sure you get checked.”