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Get checked - Men

A cancer prevention plan for men

Finding cancer early improves your chances of successful treatment and long-term survival. Look for:

lumps, sores or ulcers that don't heal

unusual changes in your testicles - changes in shape, consistency or lumpiness

coughs that don't go away or show blood, a hoarseness that hangs around

weight loss that can't be explained

moles that have changed shape, size or colour, or bleed, or an inflamed skin sore that hasn't healed

blood in a bowel motion

persistent changes in toilet habits or

urinary problems or changes

These symptoms are often related to more common, less serious health problems. However, if you notice any unusual changes, or these symptoms persist, visit your doctor.

Prostate screening

The cause of prostate cancer is not known and there is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. Prostate cancer may be suspected if a blood test to check your prostate specific antigen (PSA) is above normal levels for your age.

If you have no symptoms and are thinking about having a PSA test, consider the risks and benefits. You need to balance the benefit of detecting a prostate cancer early against the risk that detection and treatment may not be necessary. Treatment may affect your lifestyle including sexual function, but may also save your life.

Make your own decision about whether to be tested after discussion with your doctor. Ensure you get good quality information to make an informed decision. Do you need the PSA test? Find more information here.

Changes in your testicles

Although testicular cancer is rare, it is one of the most common cancers in men aged between 15 and 45 years. It is also one of the most curable cancers if found early. The causes of this cancer are unclear, but men who have had an undescended testicle are at increased risk. Be aware of what is normal for you and if you see or feel any changes, see your doctor. Don't let embarrassment get in the way.

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