National Prostate screening programme needed in UK

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On March 30th 2018, a much loved  Father, Brother, Uncle and Grandfather  ~ Delroy, passed away after a courageous fight with Prostate Cancer. He is very sadly missed by all his family and friends.

In his memory, we decided to write this to make you all aware of the lack of screening for Prostate Cancer, which is now the UK’s third biggest killer, overtaking breast cancer.

Early detection is key.

The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death. 

Everyone thinks a national screening programme would be too expensive, would diagnose men who might never have any problems and ultimately would lead to over-treatment. 

Had Uncle Delroy been diagnosed earlier i.e been screened then he would have had a better outcome: he wasn’t offered a screening either and by that time his PSA level was high. There are specific criteria of men who are more at risk than others. These men surely need some sort of baseline screening. 

PSA testing is the best we've got until a better test comes along. Waiting for a better test is absolutely no reason not to use the PSA test. It could take years.

France & Germany already screen.

Cost should not be an issue here as surely a high PSA and a biopsy is way cheaper than radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

When detected early, prostate cancer survival rates are better than 98%. Find it late, and those survival rates drop below 26%.

 More men died of Prostate cancer last year than women of Breast Cancer. The PSA test is not as accurate as Breast Screening (Mammogram) or Cervical Smear but it is a good indication to suggest further investigation. Prostate cancer in men is as relevant as breast cancer in women. 

It is time we implemented an National NHS screening programme. There are often no symptoms of prostate cancer until it has spread and it is too late to cure. Many lives could be saved and it would save the NHS a fortune in expensive treatments.

 We need to campaign for better screening and further research, but in the meantime, I strongly urge all men over 40 to go to your GP to get checked and also to help spread awareness.

Without a robust NHS screening programme; more men will die needlessly, as Uncle Delroy did.