£75 million for prostate cancer

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has promised £75 million for research focused on getting prostate cancer diagnosed earlier and faster. The research will investigate innovative treatments and new studies will particularly target higher-risk groups – including black men, men aged 50 or over and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

Over 40 000 men will be recruited for more than 60 studies to test treatments including more precise radiotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound and cryotherapy, alongside supportive interventions including exercise and dietary advice.

The news follows several months of intense media focus on prostate cancer that began with the announcement in February that prostate cancer is now a bigger cause of death than breast cancer. 

Theresa May says: ‘Too many people endure the loss of a loved one because cancer diagnosis comes too late in the day. Our cancer treatments are world class and survival rates are at a record high, but prostate cancer still claims thousands of lives every year.

‘I know we can do more. That’s why I am setting out new plans to help thousands of men get treated earlier and faster.’

Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK, says: ‘Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is now the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK.

‘This announcement shows a very welcome and positive commitment from the government to play a key role in getting men the early and accurate diagnosis and treatments for prostate cancer they deserve. It at last shows recognition of what a huge issue prostate cancer is and the focus needed to stop it being a killer.’

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