A leading charity has cautioned that family doctors are refraining from letting their patients with a record of prostate cancer in their family know the risk they face. According to the warning issued, men whose brother or father once had the health situation have 2.5% more possibility of developing prostate cancer. As such, they should be taken care of properly, as well monitored very well.
However, a study by conducted by Prostate Cancer UK showed that only one out of every ten GPs could seek to know the family history of their patients, although about 91% of them already know the increased risk.
Researchers found that out of every three men, two who have the traces of prostate cancer in their family history had no idea about the increased risk and dangers attached to the genes.
The warning by a leading charity
The chief executive of the charity, Angela Culhane stated that most GPs practicing in the UK find it a herculean task to start up discussions with their patients about certain health conditions.
There is the need to enjoin men to dig out their family history and get conscious of their health status. Men should enquire from their GPs to know if there is any necessary test to conduct due to their potential risk arising from family history. Regrettably, some GPs don’t do this, causing the risk of developing prostate cancer due to family medical history to be on the high side.
It is not wrong to say that most men walk around blind of the risk they face, and this has to change.
Every year has a record of about 40,000 cases of prostate cancer in the UK, of which about 11,000 die from this medical condition. Following an analysis of different studies of 1,901 British adult men and 402 GPs, the idea came up that GPs don’t do the needful.
Prostate cancer lacks early symptoms but can be alleviated to a large extent if diagnosed early. Consequently, GPs should advise their patients who have prostate cancer-related medical history to run a PSA test. A PSA test can identify proteins that have connections with prostate cancer and are administered by NHS routinely. Men above the age of 50 can go for this test, although high levels of proteins do not indicate the presence of prostate cancer strictly.