135 men in Greenwich Borough are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, meaning that Greenwich is ranked in the top ten of areas nationally with the highest incidents of prostate cancer. Every year 27 people in our Borough die from the disease. However, despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of the disease continue to face a number of injustices, particularly when it comes to awareness of risk and access to treatments, information and support.
Prostate Cancer UK has launched a report outlining five key injustices faced by men with or at risk of prostate cancer. The charity is calling on the government to take prostate cancer seriously by tackling the inequalities around awareness, age and ethnicity, and ensuring that all men gain access to the best possible treatments and information, regardless of where they live.
Clive recently met men living with and beyond prostate cancer at a campaigning event held at Westminster this week to discuss the issues in more depth and to show his support for the charity’s calls.
Clive commented: “Prostate cancer kills one man every hour but men and their families continue to face an uphill struggle on a number of fronts, from awareness of risk, through to gaining access to vital support, information, or world class treatments. Together with Prostate Cancer UK I want to ensure that all men in Greenwich Borough are armed with the knowledge of their risk of prostate cancer, and that those living with it have everything they need to tackle the disease head on and have quality time with loved ones. For too long men with or at risk of prostate cancer have been dealt a series of unjust deals. Four in five men at higher risk of the disease don’t know it – meaning that they could miss out on being diagnosed at an early stage when the disease is most treatable. And for those men living with prostate cancer, the quality of care that they receive is still all too often dictated by their post code. Throw into the mix further inequalities surrounding access to treatments and information, and it’s clear that men with prostate cancer are not getting all the support that they vitally need.”
For more information on the injustices faced by men living with or at risk of prostate cancer go to: http://www.prostatecanceruk.org/inequalities
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