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Urology nurse stepping out to raise awareness of prostate cancer

Published 22/03/2016
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A urology nurse from the Royal Derby Hospital will be stepping out with sports commentator Jeff Stelling this week in the hope of encouraging people to become more aware of prostate cancer.

Specialist Nurse Natalie Mart will join Jeff for one leg of his epic Men United March, which will see the Sky Sports presenter walking the distance of 10 marathons in 10 days to raise money and awareness for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. He will be calling at 30 football stadiums along the way.

Natalie will join Jeff and other supporters for the 26-mile walk from the iPro Stadium to the Nottingham Forest and Notts County grounds, via The Pirelli Stadium, where Burton Albion are based.

She said: “I want to raise awareness locally of prostate cancer, and encourage men to check for symptoms which could lead to early diagnosis. The earlier we can diagnose prostate cancer, the more likely we are to be able to cure it.

“Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, so a lot of men put the early signs – problems passing urine; back and hip pain - down to simply getting older. However, these symptoms could be a down to a growth in the prostate, so it is vital that anyone experiencing them books an appointment with their GP to get it looked at.”

The urology department at Derby Teaching Hospitals diagnosed more than 330 new patients with prostate cancer last year. Prostate Cancer UK believes the number of people diagnosed with the condition will increase steeply over the next few years.

Prostate cancer affects roughly one in eight men in the UK, and the risk is doubled for black men. Men with a family history of prostate cancer, and those with sisters who have suffered with breast cancer are also more likely to develop the disease.

Natalie, who lives in Willington, believes it is essential that all men are aware of the signs and symptoms, so they can act if they begin to notice them.

Symptoms include: Needing to urinate more frequently; an urgent need to urinate; difficulty in passing urine; and blood in the urine or semen.

Natalie said: “I want men to think about going to see their GP if they have any symptoms or problems. Even if it can’t be cured, the earlier it is caught, the more chance we have of controlling it.”

The walk is taking place this Friday. Anyone keen to sponsor Natalie should visit www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Mart  or text NMAR80 £(amount) to 700700.

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Last Modified 22/03/2016