Highest proportion of prostate cancer cases diagnosed early are picked up in general practice, says RCGP

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGP, has responded to a study by Prostate Cancer UK about family history and its link to increased risk of the disease among men.

She said: “The highest proportion of prostate cancer cases diagnosed at an early stage are picked up in general practice and 10 year survival rates have improved significantly over the last 30 years as a result of this and improvements in treatment (from 24.5% in 1980/81 to 83.8% in 2010/11*).

“But as this new research confirms, men with a family history of prostate cancer are at increased risk of developing the condition.

“When a man has symptoms suggestive of prostate problems, GPs would generally ask about family history as part of the process of diagnosis.  However it would not be standard practice to ask about a family history of cancer if the consultation was on an unrelated problem.

“Unfortunately, the traditional 10 minute consultation is becoming too short for GPs and their teams to proactively raise and discuss wider health concerns with patients, so it is important that GPs prioritise the issues their patients present with.

“We would urge men with worrying symptoms to see their GP and to proactively raise the issue of any family history of prostate or any other cancer. Patients should also be aware that maintaining a healthy weight and being more active can reduce the risk of developing many cancers, including prostate cancer.”

Further Information

*You can access the full research here.

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

The item has been added to your basket.

Continue shopping

Go to basket

This item is out of stock.

Continue shopping

The item is out of stock.

Yes Continue shopping

An error occured adding your item to the basket:

Continue shopping