Following Theresa May’s announcement of the government’s £75m funding to boost prostate cancer research, Legacy 90.1FM’s Doctor’s Hour raised much-needed awareness in conjunction with Male Cancer Awareness Week.
Speaking on the Manchester radio station’s segment on Tuesday 10 April, Simone Riley and Dr Aisha Malik highlighted why the Prime Minister’s announcement was crucial and how the disease affects 1 in 4 black men across the country. The segment sought to guide men on the warning signs towards early diagnosis.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year, according to the NHS.
The cancer does not normally cause symptoms until the malignancy has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra. This normally results in problems associated with urination.
This makes the screening for symptom-free men even more crucial.
Amongst the black community, when asked why the risk of the disease is high, Dr Malik admitted this is one of the primary goals of the research.
“I believe the research is going to look to recruit more members of the black community, amongst other high-risk groups as well, to find out why. So you [Simone] are asking the question that scientists and doctors are asking as well at the moment.
“Ultimately if we have that answer, then treatments can be developed that are more focused”, she said.
Dr Malik also agreed that recognising you need help is the first step but also touched upon recognising there is some scaremongering as well. To combat the latter, a visit to your local GP would help.
However, “it’s important to recognise that the older you are as a man, the higher the risk,” Dr Malik confirmed.
“If the government are pledging £75m then that means there is work to be done. And I believe that work starts within the community”, she encouraged the public to make the first step in getting checked.