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‘Get to know cancer’ supporting Prostate Cancer UK

Posted on 20 March 2015  - 12:05

As part of our continued support for ‘Get to know cancer’, helping to raise awareness of cancer symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis, we once again welcome the ‘Get to know cancer’ market stall, nurses and volunteers to White Hart Lane ahead of Saturday's match against Leicester City.

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The stall on Spurs Square is staffed by trained nurses who will offer advice and health checks to fans ahead of the 3pm kick off.

Today, ‘Get to know cancer’, in collaboration with NHS England Transforming Cancer Services Team for London, is joined by one of its charity partners, Prostate Cancer UK.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year. The chance of getting prostate cancer is higher in black men and one in every four will get prostate cancer.

The signs of prostate cancer are very similar to those for an enlarged prostate, which is not cancer.

The signs to get checked out are:
•    Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
•    Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
•    Difficulty passing urine, including straining to pass it or stopping and starting
•    A sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder.

If you have noticed any of these things then see your GP.

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Ray’s story

Former Spurs and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence is one of English and European football’s most decorated goalkeepers. In 2005, Ray was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He recalls: “I was only diagnosed after a conversation with the England physio. I didn’t think there was anything wrong but I mentioned that the flow of water wasn't as strong as normal when I went to the loo and I never really felt that I’d emptied my bladder properly. He suggested I should get it checked out and, fortunately, I took his advice.

“I was given a PSA blood test and my levels were slightly raised but six months later the levels had increased and two biopsies confirmed I had prostate cancer.

“My treatment was successful and for three or four years I had no problems. In 2012 I discovered that the cancer had returned, but once again I had effective treatment. However at the end of last year I learned that cancer had returned again. After another spell in hospital, surgery and great medical care I’m feeling good once more.

“I've always been a positive person. When you give in to something it will win and you can't do that. Men don’t like to think that anything is wrong with them, especially sportsmen, and if you have a slight problem ‘down there’ it will forever be at the forefront of your mind that it could be cancer.

“Men need to know that we’re more at risk when we hit 50, if we have a father, brother or uncle who has had the disease and if you’re African Caribbean. You may not have symptoms like me, so you need to know your risk. I know only too well that it’s not easy to talk about health problems that may affect your sex life or how often you go to the loo - but it’s worth doing. Nothing is too embarrassing if it saves your life.

“This is a disease that kills one man every hour so I want you and your friends to join me as part of Men United, Prostate Cancer UK’s movement for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for. By joining Men United you'll get the information you need, see your mates more, do something great together and help beat prostate cancer.”

Find out more at prostatecanceruk.org
Twitter - @ProstateUK
Facebook - facebook.com/prostatecanceruk