24 Feb 2022
NHS England and Prostate Cancer UK have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer and to encourage those who have concerns, or who are coming up to an age where they are at risk of the disease, to speak to their GP.
Find the 14,000 men!
Prostate cancer is more common than you think. It is the most common cancer in men with 1 in 8 getting prostate cancer in their lifetime.
That could be you, your dad, uncle, brother, partner or best friend.
This is why Prostate Cancer UK and the NHS have joined forces to launch a campaign to find the 14,000 men who have not started treatment for prostate cancer since the beginning of the pandemic.
Early diagnosis saves lives
New figures show that prostate cancer accounts for a third of those not treated for cancer compared to before the pandemic. Prostate cancer is very treatable if caught early. It’s important for men to know their risk because early prostate cancer often has no symptoms.
Joe Appiah, from Bromley, was diagnosed with prostate cancer during the pandemic. He didn’t have symptoms:
“I’d seen adverts about prostate cancer, but I didn’t know how badly black men were affected, or how to get a test.
I didn’t have symptoms and wasn’t aware of any family history. So until my friend told me to speak to my GP, I didn’t think about it – especially with Covid too. My friend saved my life. Thanks to him it was caught just in time.”
Check your risk and share the risk checker with loved ones
It takes 30 seconds to complete and could save lives.
Visit https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker.html to check your risk factors in 30 seconds