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Prostate Cancer : The Fastest Rising Cause Of Death ? - Carers UK Forum

Prostate Cancer : The Fastest Rising Cause Of Death ?

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Prostate cancer deaths in UK hit record high of over 12,000 in 2017.

Disease is most common cancer in men in UK but rise is largely due to ageing population.



The number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has hit an all-time high, new figures show.

Statistics reveal there were 12,031 deaths from the disease in 2017 – the most recent figures available – up from 11,637 the year before and 11,307 in 2014.

The rise is not due to prostate cancer becoming more deadly, but is largely due to an ageing population, which means more men are being diagnosed with the disease.

In 2017, 48,561 men were newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, up from 48,523 the year before and 47,864 in 2014.
MRI scans to be trialled as test for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and is set to be the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease overall by the end of this decade.

A man diagnosed this year has a much better chance of survival than a man diagnosed a decade ago, but the rising number of men with the disease means a corresponding increase in deaths.

Prostate Cancer UK, which analysed the Office for National Statistics data, said there were two main barriers to curbing the number of deaths – late diagnosis, and cancer returning.

Only 47% of men are diagnosed at an early stage, while men whose cancer is thought to be curable can often see it return.

Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “By 2030, prostate cancer is set to be the most commonly diagnosed of all cancers in the UK.

“Before we reach this point, we absolutely must ensure that as many of these men as possible have their prostate cancer caught early and successfully treated, so their lives are not cut short by the disease.

“The fact that deaths from the disease are still reaching record highs serves as a stark reminder of the work yet to do.”

Prostate Cancer UK said its research plans were looking at better and earlier diagnosis, including the possibility of introducing an NHS screening programme.

It is also working on improved treatments and increased understanding of prostate cancer.


By 2030, prostate cancer is set to be the most commonly diagnosed of all cancers in the UK ... Angela Culhane



PROSTATE CANCER UK :

https://prostatecanceruk.org/
Time all men were given the right tests and the right time, and they stopped the age old male policy of "Ignore it and it will go away".

My dad had prostate cancer, both mum and I were concerned that there was something wrong with him, by the time he finally made it to the doctors, it was too late.

We "girls" have regular smear tests for cervical cancer, men should have a similar inspection regime.