Deaths from prostate cancer have fallen by a fifth in the past 20 years, according to figures published by Cancer Research UK today (Friday 1 November 2013). In the early 1990s, around 30 men per 100,000 in the population died of prostate cancer and this figure has fallen to 24 deaths per 100,000. However, in real terms there were approximately 9,500 deaths from prostate cancer in the early 1990s as opposed to 10,800 deaths at present.
These findings come on the first day of Movember, the month formerly known as November. During the month men around the world – with the support of the women in their lives - grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. Prostate Cancer UK is the principal UK partner of Movember, which raised £92million last year worldwide.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said:
"While on the surface death rates from prostate cancer are falling this data shows that in real terms more men died of prostate cancer last year than they did twenty years ago. Although on average more men are surviving cancer for longer, 10,000 men still die each year of the disease – that’s a shocking one man every hour. Men deserve much better.
The raw truth is that there are simply too few options for men with advanced prostate cancer and even lifesaving treatments for less aggressive cancers can have life-changing side effects. This Movember we have 30 days to put the spotlight firmly on changing the face of men’s health. Together we can beat this."