Prostate Cancer

I’m doing something different this month. This year of lockdown has made me lazy. Sure I go out running three times a week but apart from that? Nothing really. I’m working from home so the commute to work is but a trip from my bedroom to my home office (formerly my games room/man cave/restful area). I’ve abandoned the lunchtime walks that I used to do while in the office for a seat in front of the TV and some often seen episodes of Law & Order. After work it’s something to eat and then back to the TV or PC.

On running days my step count can get up to 7 or 7.5K. On non-running days I’m lucky to break 2K. So when the opportunity to increase this for a month and complete 11K a day came about I jumped at it. The fact that I can also raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK is an added bonus.

Now for some information.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. Every 45 minutes one man dies from Prostate cancer in the UK – that’s more than 11,500 men every year.

In Scotland in particular.
More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.
Around 900 men die from prostate cancer every year.
More than 26,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.

So what is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Some prostate cancer grows too slowly to cause any problems or affect how long you live. Because of this, many men with prostate cancer will never need any treatment. But some prostate cancer grows quickly and is more likely to spread. This is more likely to cause problems and needs treatment to stop it spreading.

Signs and symptoms?
Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any signs or symptoms.
One reason for this is the way the cancer grows. You’ll usually only get early symptoms if the cancer grows near the tube you urinate through (the urethra) and presses against it, changing the way you urinate (wee). But because prostate cancer usually starts to grow in a different part (usually the outer part) of the prostate, early prostate cancer doesn’t often press on the urethra and cause symptoms.

If you do notice changes in the way you urinate, this is more likely to be a sign of a very common non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate, or another health problem. But it’s still a good idea to get it checked out.

But there are some things that may mean you’re more likely to get prostate cancer.
You are aged 50 or over
Your father or brother has had prostate cancer
You are black.

You can’t check for prostate cancer yourself. There’s no way of knowing if you have prostate cancer without visiting your doctor.

So what am I doing to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK? I’m going to complete 11,000 steps a day for the whole of March. On my running days that’ll mean getting out for a lunchtime and/or evening walk as well as the run. On non-running days it’ll be a combination of morning, lunchtime and evening walks. I’ve done it this first week and it hasn’t been easy. Though I did get a bit carried away on Sunday. Hopefully it’ll get easier as the month progresses. Hopefully I’ll also get fitter so that when walking football starts again I’ll hit the ground running (well walking at pace anyway). Oh and talking about walking football. Most of you guys that I play with are over 50. If you’re reading this maybe get checked out? In our group the stats say that 2 or 3 of us are likely to get prostate cancer. Scary, eh?

But awareness isn’t the only thing. Obviously funds are needed to continue research. So if you are able to please donate to anyone you know who is taking part in “March the Month for Prostate Cancer UK”. For me that would be https://marchthemonth.prostatecanceruk.org/fundraising/charles-march-the-month-challenge

Or there’s a QR code for that……

Above facts, figures and advice have been shamelessly taken from https://prostatecanceruk.org/

This week’s step count.

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