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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – March 2010

24 February 2010

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is organised by the Prostrate Cancer Charity that campaigns to raise awareness amongst the male population in the UK and to improve prostate cancer health care services.

Awareness

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
  • One man dies every hour in the UK.

Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK. It is also a major killer, resulting in the deaths of 10,000 men every year. Men with prostate cancer also report a significantly worse experience of their treatment and care than patients with other cancers. Yet hardly anyone talks about it. It is hidden because we can’t see it and many people do not even know what a prostate is or what it does.

Prostate cancer awareness month is all about changing that.

Help fight the hidden cancer

By getting involved in March, you’ll be helping the Prostrate Cancer Charity in so many ways. Prostate cancer awareness month helps to make men and the general public as well as health professionals more aware of the disease. It helps raise vital funds to provide much needed support and information for men who have been diagnosed as well as their families. It also allows the Prostrate Cancer Charity to campaign and lobby the UK’s key decision makers, because it is time that the issue of prostate cancer is brought out into the open, and no longer hidden.

There are a range of ways to get involved including:

  • Spread the message about prostate cancer and meetings and in the workplaces to colleagues and to friends and family,
  • Hold a Do Blue Day anytime in March to have fun and help raise vital funds,
  • Buy a specially marked product at your Marks & Spencer,
  • Sign up to Take Action! and help improve access to services for men in your area,
  • Visit www.hiddencancer.org.uk for more information about awareness month and how you can take part.

African Caribbean communities

African Caribbean men in the UK have approximately three times greater risk of developing prostate cancer than white men. They also present with prostate cancer approximately five years earlier than white men; with an average age of 67.9 years compared to 73.3 years. The reason for the heightened risk of prostate cancer in African Caribbean men is not known. There are many possible theories including genetics although, to date, research has been unable to draw any definite conclusions.

One of the Charity’s five strategic goals is that by 2020 all African Caribbean men and women will know more about prostate cancer and will act on that knowledge. To achieve this, the Charity has developed a number of projects.