The General Election is fast approaching and we want to know how political parties will answer our concerns facing men and families affected by prostate cancer. So here's what to ask when they come knocking – plus the facts to back them up.
The number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer is set to increase by 30% in the next decade to 59,000, putting prostate cancer on course to be the most common cancer overall in the UK by 2030.
But even now, there are many issues around workforce shortages, access to treatments and diagnosis which we want to see improved.
So with door-to-door party political campaigning underway, we’d like you to use your voting power and ask Prospective Parliamentary Candidates the following questions:
How will your party support the NHS and its workforce over the next Parliament?
Both doctors and drug manufacturers have said that an increase of around £20bn per year is needed to make sure the NHS can keep pace with rising demand and give patients the kind of medical treatment and care that they deserve.
How will your party ensure patients can access new cancer treatments quickly?
A number of prostate cancer drugs, such as abiraterone, have gone through lengthy cycles of rejection and appeal before finally being approved and made available to men. Recent changes make delays more likely in the future.
How will your party improve early diagnosis of cancers, including reduction of waiting times?
More than 100,000 patients a year have to wait longer than the stated maximum of two weeks to see a cancer specialist to find out if they have the disease.
We've put all of the above in this pdf document that you can print off and put next to your front door or in your window, or even hand directly to the candidate.
Thank you for making sure the voices of people affected by prostate cancer are heard in this General Election.