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Theresa May pledges £75 million for prostate cancer research

Theresa May pledges £75 million for prostate cancer research”

But a cancer charity has warned almost four out of 10 cases of prostate cancer were being diagnosed late.

Moreover, 42 percent of prostate cancer patients reported their symptoms to their Global Positioning System twice or more before being referred, while 23 percent of all cancer cases are diagnosed by emergency departments, with the majority of these cases being late-stage.

A report from charity Orchid showed a "worrying trend" of late diagnoses in the UK.

The prime minister is to launch a new drive against prostate cancer, which kills more than 11,000 men every year in the United Kingdom and causes great anxiety and sometimes suffering for the 47,000 men who get a diagnosis.

"Our cancer treatments are world-class and survival rates are at a record high, but prostate cancer still claims thousands of lives every year. Urgent action needs to be taken now".

In the United Kingdom, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. The information came from sources such as NHS England, charities and the National Prostate Cancer Audit. Roughly 42 percent of men with prostate cancer reported visiting their primary care doctor complaining of symptoms at least twice before getting referred to a specialist.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "Labour has always been calling for more investment to boost the fight against prostate cancer".

Theresa May pledges £75 million for prostate cancer research

"This compares to just 8% in the United States where there is greater public awareness of prostate cancer and greater screening", he added.

While there is remaining controversy over the effectiveness of standard screening tests to detect prostate cancer, it is "still vital that patients are diagnosed early to assess if they need treatment or not as advanced prostate cancer is incurable". The PSA test followed by a biopsy "does not identify the men at risk", he said.

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

"It will miss some cancers and often those cancers that are picked up when using the PSA test are not harmful", she explained.

He said: "With increased research investment used wisely, over the next few years we can turn this around and make prostate cancer a disease men no longer need to fear".

"There is a lot of research into screening and treatment for prostate cancer and the committee, along with NICE and the NHS, is keeping a close eye on the evidence as it develops", she added.

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