Prostate cancer warning signs to know after death of OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson (Tim Ockenden/PA)
OJ Simpson has passed away after battling prostate cancer -Credit:No credit

OJ Simpson, the former NFL star and actor, has passed away at 76 after a battle with cancer.

Best known for his time as a running back with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, Simpson's life took dramatic turns, including his acquittal in a notorious murder trial and later imprisonment for armed robbery.

The star's passing is a result of prostate cancer, with his diagnosis becoming public last year. Following the news, men are being reminded to look out for early warning signs of the disease that causes over 12,000 UK deaths every year, according to Cancer Research.

Announcing the news on Thursday, a Twitter statement said: "On April 10, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace. -The Simpson Family."

Male doctor and testicular cancer patient are discussing about testicular cancer test report. Testicular cancer and prostate cancer concept.
Men should be aware of prostate cancer warning signs -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dr Jiri Kubes, a leading radiation oncologist and the medical director at Prague's Proton Therapy Center, highlighted the difficulty in early detection of prostate cancer, noting: "Prostate cancer in the early stages can be hard to diagnose because it often comes without symptoms."

He advised men to monitor any changes in urinary habits, such as increased frequency or trouble emptying the bladder, as these could warrant further checks to rule out prostate cancer, reports Wales Online.

"Further symptoms we often see in our patients are difficulty in starting to urinate or a weak flow, as well as blood or semen in the urine. It is vital men know what to look out for and speak to their doctor if they have any concerns at all."

"GPs can ask for a blood test which measures levels of prostate-specific antigen, referred to as a PSA test. Physical exams and biopsies can also help to confirm a diagnosis."

"We don't know the causes of prostate cancer but we do know some men are more at risk than others. They include men over the age of 50, members of the black community and anyone with a family history of the disease."

"It's really important for anyone who falls into these groups to keep a close eye on their health and speak with their GP if they are concerned. Diagnosis of prostate cancer can be a devastating blow for men, but catching it as early as possible is key and the treatment options are improving."

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