Raising our game
Prostate cancer kills one man every hour and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate. While it is already the most common cancer in men, it is predicted to become the most prevalent of all cancers in the UK by 2030.
Millions more men have their lives blighted by benign prostate disease.
One major problem is that prostate cancer is simply not on the radar. Most men understand very little about it or the risks they face as they get older. There is also, unfortunately, a very real legacy of neglect to overcome within healthcare and research. Tests for diagnosing prostate disease are often unreliable, there are widespread differences in care, and many men are faced with a confusing array of treatments which often carry big risks of damaging side effects.
It is absolutely imperative that the issue is lifted far higher on the nation’s health agenda. We are working with health professionals and policy makers to give it the prominence it deserves and to ensure that quality services are available when and where men need them.
Prostate Cancer UK is raising its game in the fight against prostate disease. And we are proud to have joined forces with fellow charity, Prostate Action, merging to pursue a common purpose: To help thousands more men survive and enjoy a better quality of life.
We pledge simply to make life better for men with prostate cancer and all other prostate disease. Whether by providing the support they need now, finding answers for the future through research, or leading change in care.
We set out here – in the UK’s most significant and ambitious plan in the history of men’s health – what we will be doing to deliver on this pledge over the next three years and beyond.
We cannot transform the landscape for prostate cancer, and benign disease, alone. With the generosity of our partners, The Movember Foundation, we have funds to start our journey. But to make the future truly better for men, we must mobilise and inspire many more supporters and funders.
This is our MANifesto; a call to arms bringing people together to make a real difference. And we are doing all these things for one reason: Men deserve better.