Do you know what a prostate is, where it is and what’s it’s for? Around 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year and we’re proud to improve awareness and support the annual 5K ‘Are You Taking the P’ run on the 19th June with York Against Cancer.
Only men have a prostate gland. Found below the bladder it is usually the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra. This is the tube that carries urine and sperm. As men age the prostate grows and can cause conditions like an enlarged prostate, prostatitis and prostate cancer. Urinary problems, even mild ones over several years, can point to problems, even cancer, and it always pays to check in with a GP if you are experiencing:
- A need to pee more often, say after two hours
- Trouble starting to urinate
- Taking a long time to finish or straining
- A weak flow and feeling that your bladder is not completely empty
- Finding you need to go to the toilet suddenly
- Dribbling urine after you have finished
Less common symptoms may also include pain when peeing or ejaculating, blood in the urine or semen. However, early prostate cancer doesn’t display any symptoms so it is always well worth checking out any health issues as soon as possible.
Raising more than £24,000 in 2015, the York 5K event was started by local businessman and 2013 Community Pride Award winner Brian Hughes of Brian’s Hair Fashions. A close friend and running companion of Brian’s died of prostate cancer and, a founder or York Knavesmire Harriers and the York Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Brian started the ‘Are You Taking The P’ run, commenting:
“It means so much to us that the money will be raised in York and used in the city to benefit local people.”
Funds from the male-only race are shared with York Against Cancer and prostate cancer research being conducted by Professor Norman Maitland at York University.
Why not go along and support the runners from 9.30am in Rowntree Park on Father’s Day the 19th June and make a date for your diary to join in next year!
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