Yorkshire golfers are the focus of a new initiative launched by a Leeds healthcare company to raise awareness of prostate disease.
Medical research has revealed that 2 in every 5 men aged over 50 suffer from urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. And for those aged over 70, the prevalence increases to as many as 3 in 4 men.
Now the Leeds Prostate Centre, based at St James’s University Hospital in the city, is marking Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (March) by linking in with golf clubs across Yorkshire in a bid to encourage their members to have their prostate checked by a specialist team.
Mark Almond, Executive Director of Nova Healthcare which runs the Leeds Prostate Centre, said:
The unique demography of golf club membership means that many people will fall into an age group which makes them increasingly prone to prostate problems.
We want to work in partnership with golf clubs across the county to promote a greater understanding about the importance of good prostate health, and what tell-tale symptoms of prostate disease to look out for.
Golf clubs are at the heart of the community – as well as being a community in their own right – and many members will know of someone who has suffered from prostate problems.
While national prostate screening is not currently provided by the NHS, the Leeds Prostate Centre has launched a comprehensive ‘one-stop’ clinic to assess prostate health.
- Nursing assessment of general health and physiological measurements
- Blood tests, including one (PSA) which can indicate a problem with the prostate
- Ultrasound examination by a Consultant Radiologist
- Consultation with a Consultant Urologist
As part of the initiative, golfers can take advantage an exclusive 10 per cent discount on the £300 cost of a full prostate check-up by presenting proof of membership.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate can include the need to urinate more often, particularly at night; difficulty starting to urinate; and a feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly.
Potentially more serious, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with 1 in 8 getting it during their lives.
- For further information, please visit www.leedsprostatecentre.com