Health & Safety
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2013
1 March 2013
March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month organised by Prostrate Cancer UK, a charity that campaigns to raise awareness amongst the male population in the UK and to improve prostate cancer health care services.
New Research by M&S and Prostate Cancer UK
A recent survey by Marks & Spencer and Prostate Cancer UK shows that more than two thirds of men (69%) are not prioritising their health and only see their GP when it's urgent. Men over 50 are more at risk of developing prostate cancer, yet the poll found that three out of five (62%) men aged 45 or over admitted they did not monitor their health and only saw the GP when absolutely necessary.
Almost half (47%) of men in this age group said they did not know there are often no symptoms of prostate cancer. Yet prostate cancer kills one man every hour and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate.
This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer UK is determined to wake the nation up to the disease and treat it as the priority that it is. The charity is calling for men to find out more about their prostate and what can go wrong, and for women to support the men in their lives to do so.
As well as helping the charity to raise awareness of the disease, between 1 to 28 March, M&S will donate 10% of the retail selling price of selected* men's Autograph underwear to Prostate Cancer UK to support the charity's specialist nurse-led helpline; the only UK-wide telephone and email helpline service dedicated to prostate cancer and prostate problems.
*Excludes socks and vests
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, says:
"Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men every year - that's one man every hour - and often there are no symptoms. We would urge men across the UK to find out more and talk to their GP if they have any concerns about their prostate, and women could encourage the men in their lives to do so. There's no harm having a joke about blokes and their pants habits, but prostate cancer is truly no laughing matter."
Quality Checklist Pettition
This March Prostate Cancer UK is campaigning to get their Quality Checklist adopted by the NHS across the UK. The checklist describes the care and support men with prostate cancer should expect to receive at every stage of their diagnosis and treatment. Sign the petition and show your support.
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.
- Freephone Helpline Number: 0800 074 8383 - Speak to a Specialist Nurse
Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, plus late night Wednesday 7pm - 9pm. Calls are free of charge from UK landlines. Mobile phone charges may vary.