4 May 2012

The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on new statistics released today by Cancer Research UK which show that the number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer has now reached more than 40,000 a year.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity said: "These statistics clearly show a rise in cases of prostate cancer over the last ten years. We assume that it is because more PSA tests are taking place and awareness of this disease is rising but we cannot be sure. The PSA test is only part of the pathway for diagnosing prostate cancer and we have no evidence as to whether more men are asking for the test, more doctors are suggesting it or otherwise.

"In the meantime, this increase in numbers highlights the scale of the disease and that we simply can't ignore it. As a result the health systems across the UK must prioritise the treatment and care of men with prostate cancer and quality must be increased.

"Despite recent improvements, prostate cancer still lags behind other common cancers in terms of investment in research, services and access to effective treatments. That is why we are developing national standards of care for prostate cancer to ensure men with the disease receive the same high quality service wherever they are in the country. These issues urgently need to be addressed if we are to avoid leaving men with prostate cancer behind once again."

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