LEIGHTON HOSPITAL PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT
GROUP HAS CLOSED DOWN
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS
The committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the group since its foundation in 2000, 21 years ago. We are sad that the group has had to close, but the committee felt unable to carry on the work of the group and had, after strenuous efforts, not managed to find people willing to form a new committee.
We can now only look back on the achievements of the group with pride and satisfaction in the knowledge that we have helped many men to be diagnosed in time for curative action and have encouraged men to find out more about this pernicious and often overlooked disease.
PROSTATE CANCER WILL AFFECT ONE IN EIGHT MEN DURING THEIR LIFETIME
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in UK men. Annual Prostate Cancer deaths in 2018 exceeded those due to Breast Cancer for the first time ever and in 2020 Prostate became the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
Around 47,000 UK men are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer each year. That's 129 men every day. In the UK, about 11,500 men die of Prostate Cancer every year and that's one man every 45 minutes.
One in eight men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. The risk rises to one in four for black men.
Prostate Cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50 and the risk increases with age. But the risk is higher for black men and men with a family history of Prostate Cancer, so they may wish to speak to their GP once they are over 45.
The good news, however, is that around 400,000 men are currently living with and beyond Prostate Cancer.
Early diagnosis is all-important. If Prostate Cancer is detected early, then the treatment options are more likely to be effective and there is a much better chance of a successful outcome.