A report by Orchid charity has found that 37% cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed late in the UK.
The report showed that the Accident and Emergency unit diagnosed one in four cases of prostate cancer in their stage 3 and 4. This it said was a “worrying trend.”
It was also reported earlier in February that the number of men dying from prostate cancer had overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK.
With an aging population, the charity has called for urgent action to prevent a “ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision”.
Orchid chief executive Rebecca Porta, said: “With prostate cancer due to be the most prevalent cancer in the UK within the next 12 years, we are facing a potential crisis in terms of diagnostics, treatment and patient care. Urgent action needs to be taken now.”
Orchid Charity sought to assess prostate cancer care across the UK by analyzing previously published data and also seeking the opinion of the UK’s leading prostate cancer experts
The data came from organizations such as NHS England, charities and the National Prostate Cancer Audit.
It was contained in the report that 42% of prostate cancer patients saw their GP with symptoms twice or more before they were referred, with 6% seen five or more times prior to referral.
Prof Frank Chinegwundoh, a urological surgeon at Bart’s Health NHS Trust added: “25% of prostate cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
“This compares to just 8% in the US where there is greater public awareness of prostate cancer and greater screening,” he added.
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He said while there was controversy over the effectiveness of the standard PSA test used to detect the cancer, “it is still vital that patients are diagnosed early to assess if they need treatment or not as advanced prostate cancer is incurable”.
The report also said there needed to be renewed efforts to develop better testing methods.