“Check Your Chaps” is a campaign recently launched for the second consecutive year to raise awareness for two of the most common types of cancer to affect men – testicular and prostate cancer. The awareness campaign was created by the London, UK-based TV talk-show, Lorraine. For two weeks, the show was dedicated to encouraging men to check for signs and symptoms of the disease.
As part of “Check Your Chaps” in this video, Dr. Larry Jones helps identify some signs of prostate cancer, which most commonly include needing to rush to the toilet to pass urine, passing urine more often than usual especially at night, difficulty passing urine including straining to pass it or stopping and starting, or a sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder. Rarer symptoms include pain when passing urine, and blood in the urine or semen, while when the disease has spread to the bones, it may cause pain in the back, hips, pelvis, or other bony areas.
In addition to encouraging men to be aware of these signs, the physician also highlighted the lack of knowledge of the disease. While about one in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, Dr. Larry Jones stated that two-thirds of all men don’t know what the symptoms of the disease are. However, being aware of the signs and seeking help early can help save lives. Early detection of prostate cancer can improve treatment results, widen therapeutic options and increase survival rates.
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