Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Mens Health

Last week I showed my support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The annual awareness campaign is organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity, who for the past month have been mobilising people across the county, urging them to 'declare I’m aware'.

The month concluded with the Charity launching a new campaign at the Houses of Parliament. The campaign, Testing Choices, aims to ensure that all men at higher risk of prostate cancer understand their right to balanced information and the support they need about whether or not to have a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test*. I attended a drop in session for MPs to learn more about the campaign and speak to people affected by prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Every year 37,000 men are diagnosed with the disease. Not all men who are at higher risk of developing the disease know about it, let alone how it can be diagnosed and treated. We need to do more to ensure that all men are aware.

Indeed 10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year so it’s vitally important that all men over 50 get equal levels of information and support. That’s why I attended The Prostate Cancer Charity's drop in session to meet people affected by prostate cancer to pledge my support.

Dr Sarah Cant, Head of Policy & Campaigns for The Prostate Cancer Charity said: “It’s fantastic that Guy has supported the Testing Choices campaign by attending our drop in session to meet people affected by prostate cancer. We hope many more politicians will follow suit and back the Charity’s call for a new information programme that will reach more men who have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.”

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