Prostate cancer - the low key killer that must be stopped

Getty Images Prostate cancer symptoms The prostate gland sits between the bladder and the penis

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published a statement highlighting the need to monitor cardiovascular health in women receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Lung cancer and bowel cancer remain the top two cancer responsible for claiming most lives in the country from the disease. Yet when such a patient ends up in the hospital, he said, doctors tend to look for signs of a heart attack or pulmonary embolism, while overlooking breast cancer treatment as a possible culprit.

Those types of symptoms may or may not be concerning on their own, she said.

But Prostate Cancer UK is concerned that much less funding is spent on research than on breast cancer, at a time when the mortality from breast cancer has fallen much more sharply.

"Fortunately, with the advances in breast cancer treatment, there has been a growing number of survivors", Mehta said.

The new data released by Prostate Cancer UK shows that 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer every year in the UK - the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes.

Experts are still on the backfoot on what causes the disease and can't say why it affects men of African-Caribbean or African descent more than other races.

"We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths", said Culhane. "Part of the reason why it's higher than for breast cancer is really because breast cancer is, in essence, 20 years ahead of prostate cancer when it comes to research".

Changes in clinical practice may also reduce the risk of CVD for patients with breast cancer.

The good news is that more and more women are beating breast cancer, according to Mehta. "With prostate cancer, unfortunately, we're not there yet".

The likelihood of cancer survivors dying from CVD vs cancer recurrence is increasing due to the improved efficacy of breast cancer therapies, making effective management and prevention of CVD a priority for this patient population as they age.

The NHS describes the prostate as a "small gland in the pelvis, found only in men".

In most cases, prostate cancer doesn't have any symptoms until the growth is big enough to put pressure on the urethra.

Beginning in the 1980s and 1990s, most children with the blood cancer were cured by aggressive treatment that involved chemo and sometimes radiation.

The AHA statement also advised oncologists that the cardiovascular risks of certain classes of chemotherapies outweigh the benefits for women with cancer. Colorectal cancer ranks fourth.

There is no single test for prostate cancer, so your GP is your first point of call - and they will discuss the options with you. According to the Mayo Clinic, patients with more advanced prostate cancer may have trouble urinating, decreased force in the stream of urine, blood in semen, discomfort in the pelvic area and erectile dysfunction.

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