Celebrities boost cancer diagnoses

Latest figures show a significant increase in the number of patients being treated for urological cancer and this is down to celebrities raising awareness of their own illness, according to NHS chief Simon Stevens.

Figures show that from April to July 2018, 14 479 patients received treatment for a urological cancer – an increase of 3929 (36%) over the same period last year.

Mr Stevens thanked television presenter Bill Turnbull and actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry for the work they have done in encouraging men to come forward for help. Both men had treatment for prostate cancer earlier this year.

In addition to the increase in treatment there was a 250% increase in visits to the NHS website advice page on prostate cancer in March, up from the monthly average of around 20 000 to 70 000.

Mr Stevens announced £10 million of additional investment for hospitals to increase their capacity to treat more patients with prostate cancer and other urological cancers.

‘This additional investment will help ensure the NHS can manage this jump in demand, so that all people with suspected cancer are tested and treated quickly,’ he said.

The increased demand also coincided with reporting that the number of people dying from prostate cancer has overtaken deaths from breast cancer.

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