EFFORTS to raise awareness of a disease which is one of the country's biggest killers of men will be stepped up during next week.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, with around 27,200 new cases diagnosed last year - a 25% increase over the last five years.
Macmillan Nurses at Leighton Hospital are urging men to become less self-conscious about the issue.
Specialist urology nurse Delyth Owen said: 'Men are often reluctant to discuss their illnesses or to acknowledge that they may need help, and this may be part of the reason why their cancers have until now received rather less attention than female cancers.
'We need to break down these barriers so that men who are worried about their health come forward at an earlier stage, improving their chances of successful treatment.'
Symptoms can include needing to pass water frequently, back pain and blood in the urine.
Anyone with worries about prostate cancer or any other aspect of cancer can find sympathetic advice and information by ringing the Macmillan information line on 0808 808 2020.