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The report by charity Orchid found a "worrying trend" of late diagnosis with 37% of prostate cancer cases diagnosed at stages three and four. It comes as ministers announced extra funding for prostate cancer research. In February figures showed the number of men dying from prostate cancer had overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK. With an aging population, the charity has called for urgent action to prevent a "ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision".
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has revealed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 62-year-old said it was found in November and cancer has spread to his legs, hips, pelvis and ribs. Turnbull told the Radio Times he wanted to encourage people to get tested, saying: "Maybe if I'd got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I'd be in a much better state."
He said he had put long-term aches and pains down to "old age". The interview was conducted by Sian Williams, Turnbull's former colleague on the Breakfast sofa, who had a double mastectomy for breast cancer in 2014.
The largest ever trial of PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests - which all men over 50 can obtain on request from their GP - found that death rates were identical among men, whether or not they underwent screening. Inviting symptomless men for the one-off blood test detects some tumours unlikely to be harmful - while still missing others that were fatal, researchers warned. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, follows a long debate about whether the NHS should introduce routine screening, using the tests.
Stephen Fry is recovering from Prostate surgery and reported "It all seemed to go pretty well". Fry was diagnosed with a Gleason score of 9 and 11 lymph nodes were removed during the surgery. He recommends that men get their PSA levels checked with a doctor and added "I generally felt my life was saved by this early intervention, so I would urge any of you men of a certain age to get your PSA levels checked,". For the full report and link to a video, see BBC News website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43171297
Also see Daily Mail website at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5426517/Stephen-Fry-announces-prostate-cancer.html
The latest edition of the Tackle magazine Prostate Matters can be found on their website at http://www.tackleprostate.org/uploads/files/ProstateMatters_latest.pdf
Prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer: One man dies every 45 minutes from the disease as research lags TEN years behind other forms
More than 11,800 men a year are now killed by prostate cancer across Britain
Disease has overtaken breast cancer as the third biggest cancer killer in the UK
Despite this, prostate cancer receives half of research funding of breast cancer
Daily Mail has been campaigning for nearly 20 years to raise profile of disease
By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 23:21, 1 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53, 2 February 2018
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Prostate cancer has become a bigger killer than breast cancer for the first time, official statistics reveal today.
The BBC reported today that the number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK, figures show. An ageing population means more men are developing and dying from the disease. Prostate Cancer UK says advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are paying off, and increased funding could benefit prostate cancer. The biggest cancer killers in the UK remain lung and bowel cancer, with prostate now in third place. The latest figures from 2015 show there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer compared with 11,442 from breast cancer.
Roger Wotton of The National Federation of Prostate Cancer Support Groups writes:-
The Federation has been approached by the Institute of Cancer Research asking if our members with prostate cancer would be willing to tell their story. This was the note we received:-
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has discovered and developed many of the cancer treatments widely used today, but we want to raise greater awareness of the advances our researchers are making. In order to do this, we are getting in touch with people who have been diagnosed with cancer, or the family and friends of those diagnosed, to share their stories with us.
BBC News Report 19th Jan 2018 Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival". But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib.This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.
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