Men are dying
Too many men are needlessly dying of prostate cancer. The latest data shows that the number of men dying each year has gone up (again) and underscores the terrible fact that this disease is as big as breast cancer. The latest data shows that 12,000 men died of prostate cancer in one year. That’s 12,000 friends, brothers, lovers and dads like William’s, who died when he was just 12. Most of these men died because their prostate cancer was not detected early enough.
12,000 men died of prostate cancer in one year. That’s 12,000 friends, brothers, lovers and dads.
We want to stop prostate cancer killing men. And the work we’ve been doing has improved their chances of survival, but with the numbers set to continue rising, we have a lot of work to do.
Lives are being damaged
As well as killing men, prostate cancer and some of the side effects of treatment are damaging bodies and lives.
There are thousands of men whose treatment side effects have a lasting impact on their body and well-being. Men like Tony, Ally and Martin; and men like Joey whose body and sex life were changed by long-term hormone therapy. And thousands of men, like Kevin and Lloyd, who have to tell their kids that their cancer can’t be cured and whose best option is drugs that buy them a few more years.
There are thousands of partners, like Louise, who drop everything to be there in the last months, then have to pick up the pieces and carry on; and far too many teenagers, like Nana’s brothers, who lose their dad when they need him most.
The numbers are going up
As the population grows and ages and as we continue to raise awareness and make more men aware of their risk of prostate cancer, we will see many more men going to their GP with concerns. This will lead to a huge swell in the numbers of men being diagnosed and people needing support to deal with the disease. It also means more of the men we love and need are going to die.
By 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common of all cancers. That is only 10 years away, which means we’re on a countdown and we need to be ready.
By 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common of all cancers.
The futures of thousands of men across the UK depend on what we do in the next few years.