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Don't miss these cancers which strike over 50s

Awareness campaigns are running this month for two cancers which typically affect people over 50  – prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.

Over the last five years, 72 women have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Southwark, while 645 men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The risk of developing these cancers increases with age, or if a member of your close family has been diagnosed with either of them.  Black men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men, with one in four developing the condition at some point in their lives, so they need to be particularly aware of the signs.

 Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and Chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Recognising the signs and symptoms of ovarian and prostate cancer is vital so that we can pick up the cancers early and offer treatment as soon as possible. Frank and open discussion with friends and family is the most effective way we can spread awareness and ensure more people in Southwark survive these cancers."

 Some symptoms of prostate cancer include the need to urinate more frequently (especially at night), burning or pain with urination, difficulty urinating, or trouble starting and stopping while urinating, and sometimes the presence of blood in the urine.

 Women with ovarian cancer can also feel the need to urinate more urgently than usual, and sometimes experience tummy pain, bloating and difficulty eating, they will also sometimes just feel tired or lose weight for no obvious reason.

 If you are concerned, contact your GP or visit  NHS Choices - Prostate Cancer or NHS Choices - Ovarian Cancer.