Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, which takes place from 2-8 September 2019, is an annual campaign to raise awareness of male specific cancers.

This year’s campaign focusses on prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men.

Every year, over 47,000 men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The main message throughout the week is ‘FACE up to prostate cancer’:-

  • Family history – having a brother or father with prostate cancer may double a man’s risk compared to men with no family history of the disease.
  • Age – the older a man gets the greater the risk, with prostate cancer most commonly affecting men over the age of 50.
  • Change in urinary habits – changes in urinary habits are not always a sign of prostate cancer but they can be a symptom.
  • Ethnicity – black African and black Caribbean men are at double the risk of developing prostate cancer than other men and may develop the disease earlier too, most commonly affecting men from this group over 45.

The campaign encourages men who are affected by any of these risk factors to consider having a conversation with their GP about prostate cancer and urges anyone who experiences a change in urinary habits and thinks they are at risk to seek medical advice.

Further information about prostate cancer is available on the NHS website.