Health & Fitness Former England captain Allan Lamb reveals prostate cancer diagnosis
Hi-tech screening revolution that speeds up prostate cancer diagnosis
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Former England cricket captain Allan Lamb has revealed on Twitter he has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
The South-African born batter urged people to get tested after being recently diagnosed himself.
Lamb made his Test debut for England in 1982 and went on to represent the country at three World Cups. He scored 4,656 runs in 79 Tests and enjoyed a 22-year first-class career from 1973 to 1995.
I urge all men to go and get their PSA levels checked as prostate cancer so often goes undiagnosed. Having recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I have just completed a month of treatment. Put your egos aside-don’t be ignorant about your health
Mother, 28, chose to amputate leg rather than abort unborn baby
Kathleen Osborne, 28, from Cambridgeshire, had no idea she was pregnant when she went for an MRI scan last year after discovering a lump on her right leg. She was stunned to find out not only had her bone cancer had returned, but she was pregnant and doctors gave her two options - abort her baby so she could start chemotherapy or have her leg amputated. It took Kathleen one night to make her life-changing decision and at four months pregnant she had her leg amputated.Tragically - eight weeks before the birth of her daughter Aida-May - an MRI scan revealed cancer on her lungs had returned and was declared terminal.
— Allan Lamb (@AllanLamb294)
On Twitter, Lamb said: “I urge all men to go and get their PSA levels checked as prostate cancer so often goes undiagnosed.
“Having recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I have just completed a month of treatment.
“Put your egos aside-don’t be ignorant about your health.”
He has received support from the sporting world including Gary Lineker, who tweeted: “Sorry to read this, Lamby. Wish you a full and speedy recovery. Important message too.”
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm.
However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Gut bugs can drive prostate cancer growth and treatment resistance – study
Scientists have identified bacterial fingerprints, which may help pick out patients at high risk of developing resistance to treatment. These men could benefit from strategies to manipulate their microbiome – bacteria, they suggest.For example, men could undergo a faecal transplant or researchers hope to produce yoghurt drink enriched with favourable bacteria.Study author Professor Johann de Bono is professor of experimental cancer medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR), and consultant medical oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has the best chance for successful treatment.
Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages.
Prostate cancer that’s more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Bone pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Erectile dysfunction
NHS will launch prostate cancer campaign to locate thousands of ‘missing’ patients .
Health service joining forces with Prostate Cancer UK in bid to locate thousands of "missing" men whose disease has gone undetected because of the coronavirus pandemic. Senior medics told MPs it was vital that people did not put off seeking help after it emerged there had been nearly 50,000 fewer cancer diagnoses across the UK since the start of the pandemic, according to Macmillan Cancer UK, with prostate, breast and lung cancers making up most of the absent cases.