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National information campaign required for prostate cancer – Burke

5th November 2022 - Colm Burke TD

A far-reaching information campaign could be the key when it comes to identifying early-stage prostate cancer, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Fine Gael Spokesperson for Health, Deputy Colm Burke, noted the significance of early intervention in the successful management of most cancers.

Deputy Burke said, “Prostate cancer is most common case of invasive cancer among men. About one third of such cases among men are prostate cancer.

“We have a strong case for the rollout of an overarching national information campaign. In comparison to women, many men are inclined to ignore the early symptoms of prostate cancer.

“There are more than 4,000 new cases identified each year and of course many cases go unidentified. Genetics are a factor in prostate cancer and age is also a risk factor. There are almost 500,000 men in the over 60 age group, which is the most at risk group. Younger men can also get prostate cancer but are at much less risk.

“We’ve witnessed men across Ireland speak up about their experience, particularly throughout prostate awareness month in September. The HSE must take the lead and focus on a campaign that encourages men to get their PSA checked once they reach the age of 50 (45 if you have a family history of prostate cancer).

“If prostate cancer is detected early, it is treatable and has a five-year survival rate of 92%. Opening up the conversation with concise and digestible information is essential.

“I would further encourage men to talk to their GP and get to know the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer,” concluded Deputy Burke.


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