ActionManIn 2018, Wessex Cancer Trust commissioned a qualitative study to assess the barriers experienced by men affected by cancer in seeking support. This was carried by a group of doctors in Hampshire and included a questionnaire, focus groups and interviews. We know that men are less likely than women to see their doctor when experiencing worrying symptoms, and we know men are less likely to talk about their health concerns. We applied to Action Hampshire for a grant to run this cancer awareness campaign because we believe it’s time for men to feel empowered to be proactive, to take personal responsibility for health concerns, to take action when experiencing worrying symptoms and to help their mates and loved ones by making it okay to talk about this difficult subject. We’re hoping to work with a team of male ‘ambassadors’ who will help us spread the word about the importance of taking action if you’re worried about any of the symptoms of cancer and also of the benefits of talking – a problem shared and all that. If you’ve had your own experience of cancer or a scare in the past, and would be happy to share your story with us, please do get in touch, we’d really like to hear from you. Home About Us Common Cancers in Men Take Action Live Well ActionMan Updates Information Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years. There are about 47,100 new cases in men in the UK every year. Symptoms of prostate cancer do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra) Symptoms you may notice are: Weak or reduced urine flow Frequent need to urinate Difficulty or pain passing urine Blood in urine or semen. Lifestyle risk factors: Being overweight Getting older – prostate cancer more commonly affects men over the age of 50. Men over the age of 50 may be advised to have a PSA test by their GP, this is an initial test for helping diagnosis but as increased levels of PSA can also be caused by other conditions, it can’t on its own confirm if someone has the disease. For more information visit the NHS website to view their campaign video. For more information about Prostate Cancer Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/ or to hear from a Prostate Cancer expert please visit www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/Prostatecancer.aspx If you have any of these symptoms, or are concerned about any other signs, take action and get checked out by your doctor. Source: NHS, 2020 and World Cancer Research Fund, 2019.