Monday 19 March 2007
Monday sees the launch of national Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, and The Everyman Male Cancer Campaign is calling on everyone to support research towards more effective treatment for prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the UK.
Almost 32,000 men are diagnosed with this disease each year – the majority of whom are aged 50 and over. Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men each year; this means that one man dies from the disease every hour. Unfortunately, still very little is known about how to treat this cancer effectively.
Yet despite the seriousness of the problem, research into prostate cancer remains severely under-funded.
Everyman scientist, Dr Chris Parker explains "funding for research into prostate cancer is crucial as doctors still have much to learn about what causes the disease, how it develops and how it should be treated."
Lord Boston, whose father recently passed away from prostate cancer, commented "if my father had been aware of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, this disease might not have needed to cost him his life."
The Everyman Campaign was set up by The Institute of Cancer Research specifically to raise awareness of and funds for research into prostate and testicular cancers.
The Campaign has been very successful and has enabled The Institute to set up Europe’s only research centre dedicated to male cancers. Scientists at The Everyman Centre are currently working on a wide range of prostate cancer projects and depend on funding to continue this vital research.
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For further information and interviews with a prostate cancer specialist please contact:
Everyman Press Office
020 7153 5359
07788 427 856
Notes to Editors
- The Everyman Campaign is run by The Institute of Cancer Research to raise awareness of, and fund research into, testicular and prostate cancers at its Everyman Centre – Europe’s first and only research centre dedicated to male cancer.
- June is the 10th Annual Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month. To find out more about Everyman and ways in which you can help raise funds for male cancer research or for further information on testicular and prostate cancers please contact Everyman on 0800 731 9468 or logon at www.everyman-campaign.org