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Survey Reveals the Emotional Impact of Prostate Cancer

The men were most frustrated by sexual problems, bladder and bowel issues, their unknown future, and “not feeling like a man.” Almost two-thirds said they were not satisfied with their sex lives. Some worried that their partner would leave them.

Nine percent had been diagnosed with anxiety or panic disorders; eight percent had a mood disorder, like depression.

While most were satisfied with their treatment, many pointed out the need for mental health support and resources, especially for depression and anxiety.

“‘Not feeling like a man’ is a big part of men having to grapple with a ‘different self’ post–diagnosis. Questioning one’s identity and how one feels may be a new experience for many men. Most men will need time to resolve the emotional aspects with how they are they are feeling physically, and how they relate to others like a spouse or family members,” the Health Union editorial team wrote.

The survey was conducted online between October 19, 2017 and January 31, 2018.  


Health Union

“Prostate Cancer Survey Highlights Impact on Social, Emotional Well-Being”

(Press release. April 12, 2018)

“Prostate Cancer – Turning Life Inside Out”
(April 11, 2018)

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