Monday, 28 January 2013

More on urinating

A thought crossed my mind recently, remembering a trip to the north (of England) a couple of years ago where I happened to be in a public toilet  and spotted a sign suggesting that if you'd a number of symptoms similar to those that I described in my post the other week then you were advised to go to your Doctor/GP for a check-up as these were symptoms which could indicate prostate cancer.

So, I had a look on the NHS website and found:

My conclusion is therefore, that if you've got any of these symptoms then a trip to the doctor is in order. It would be silly to self-diagnose and assume that its all HSP....

SymptomHSPProstate Cancer
Urinary urgency72.4%Yes
Urinary frequency65.5%Yes
Urinary incontinence55.2%Yes
Urinary hesitancy51.7%Yes

Indeed the list is also "yes" in every line for prostate enlargement.

The risks are as follows:

Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer is quite rare in men under 50. More than half of all cases are diagnosed in men over 70. Age is the most significant risk factor of all for prostate cancer. The older you are, the greater the risk. In old age, up to 8 out of 10 men have prostate cancer cells in the prostate. No one can give you an exact figure of risk. In the UK, about 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Remember, this is lifetime risk and involves men who get prostate cancer at any age, up to 85 or more. Your risk when you are younger is much lower than 1 in 9.

HSP: Unfortunately the abstract of the HSP paper in my previous post doesn't give details on age. 80% of HSP patients appear to have some kind of issue.
Prostate Enlargement:Prostate enlargement is a common condition that is associated with ageing. Around 60% of men who are aged 60 or over have some degree of prostate enlargement.

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