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Prostate cancer campaign aims to find 14,000 undiagnosed men who need urgent treatment

Posted on: 24 February 2022

The GP Care Group is supporting a new campaign by Prostate Cancer UK and NHS England to raise awareness of the importance of checking for the risk of prostate cancer, and to urge those who have been diagnosed to follow up on treatment. 

This disease is more common than you think, and it is the most common cancer suffered by men. 

One in eight men will get prostate cancer. That could be a dad, uncle, brother, partner, or best friend. It’s why Prostate Cancer UK and the NHS have joined forces to launch the 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, and he didn’t have symptoms. Joe said: “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 the prostate cancer information page via the link below. 

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