Cancer Keys: Prostate cancer and nocturia

New tool for GPs to tackle late cancer diagnosis

Latest articles: New tool for GPs to tackle late cancer diagnosisThursday 18 July 2019A new patient-recommended tool for GPs is being launched across England in a bid to catch cancers sooner.Known as GatewayC, the innovative online training tool has already shown...

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Welcome to Cancer Keys, a regular bite-sized learning column brought to you by GatewayC in collaboration with Cancer Research UK.

 

Prostate cancer and nocturia

Many men with early prostate cancer don’t have any obvious signs or symptoms. However, early symptoms can present if the cancer grows near the urethra and presses against it, changing urination.

Potential pitfall

Prostate cancer is predominately a disease that affects the ageing population, with patients experiencing benign changes, such as nocturia, as part of the ageing process of the prostate gland. Therefore, it can be difficult to distinguish whether there is an underlying cause for concern.

Helpful hint

NICE NG12 guidelines advise consideration of a PSA test and digital rectal examination in men with any lower urinary tract symptoms. Patients should be referred on suspected cancer pathway if their prostate feels malignant on digital rectal examination or if PSA levels are above the age-specific reference range.

 

Cancer Keys are a collaboration between GatewayC and Cancer Research UK. Visit GatewayC’s Prostate cancer – Responding to a PSA screening request here.

 

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