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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

Do you know how to better understand symptoms of prostate cancer?

Award-winning cancer GP is once again educating local men about the symptoms of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and 1 in 8 of men are affected. The chance of getting prostate cancer increases as men get older. It is more common in men over 70 and much less likely to happen in men younger than 50. Many men don’t understand the importance of symptoms and some chose to ignore them.

Dr Neil Smith, a local GP has won multiple awards for his cancer work. More recently Dr Smith’s project to improve bowel cancer screening uptake in patients in Pennine Lancashire has been given the top award at a prestigious Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Conference.

Dr Smith said:

“The early symptoms of prostate cancer can include:

• Difficulty starting to pee
• Needing to pee often especially at night
• Weak flow
• Urgently needing to go and the feeling of not completely emptying the bladder

“The important message is if you have these new symptoms and they are persistent, get it checked out by your G.P.”

Prostate cancer is becoming more common. Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day who die with the disease. The good news is that more men than ever are surviving longer with prostate cancer. We need to make sure that all men are aware of these symptoms and not overlook them. Early diagnosis of cancer saves lives.”

More information about prostate cancer can be found online at