Prostate Cancer UK responds to reports that comedy legend Billy Connolly has been treated for the disease

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: "It is always concerning to hear that anyone is faced with prostate cancer, but it is very good news if Billy Connolly's treatment has been successful and we wish him the best in his recovery.

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 250,000 men living with the disease in the UK right now. In fact, a man dies from the disease every hour  but it can often be treated successfully if caught early enough. That's why it is vital that more men and their families think about prostate health and take early action so more men survive and have a better quality of life in the future. 

"We hope that with national icons like Billy and Michael Parkinson being open about the disease, people across the country will be encouraged to do the same, breaking down the traditional taboos so we can bring about real change for men. We urge anyone who has any concerns about prostate cancer to call the specialist nurses on our helpline or visit their GP."

If you have concerns about prostate cancer, call Prostate Cancer UK's specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 free to landlines and open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday plus 7pm - 9pm on Wednesdays. Alternatively please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org