The first research project actually to ask men what they want to know about their prostates - rather than telling us what we need - relaunches today.
What do you want to know about your prostate? The Your Prostate project run by the European Men's Health Forum (EMHF) asks that simple question. The most amazing thing about this project is that nobody has asked before.
The ‘Your Prostate’ website (yourprostate.eu) answers questions from men about all aspects of prostate health from the most general of concerns though symptoms, diagnosis, support and treatment to follow-up care. Peeing, sexual problems, disturbed sleep, supplements, cancer, anything at all. You can even ask what the damn thing does. Building on the success of the English-language only service run earlier this year, the website is now available in Spanish and German as well as English.
Men are often reluctant to go to the doctors. This is a far easier way to get the information and support we need.
But as well as being an invaluable service to individual men, this is an important research project. Prostate health policy has little foundation in what men actually experience. This project aims to remedy that.
MHF president Dr Ian Banks urged men to ask their question. 'This is a chance to deal with whatever’s concerning you about your prostate and to have a genuine conversation online with a health professional.
‘Don't know what the prostate is? Then that's your question. Not only will you find out the answer to your own question but you'll be taking part in a major public research project.'
'Obviously no names will appear and no data will be passed on but your input will enable us to gather information from men across Europe on their experience of developing problems involving the prostate, seeking support, diagnosis and treatment, and the responses they have had from health service providers in regard to these issues which will be published for the benefits of the scientific and public health policy communities with the aim of helping men everywhere in Europe get better prostate care.'
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