Prostate Cancer

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) raise awareness and (b) reduce the prevalence of prostate cancer.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Prostate cancer is a disease that mainly affects men over the age of 55 and the numbers of men diagnosed has increased due to the ageing population. Public Health England ran a Be Clear on Cancer local pilot campaign to raise awareness of the increased risk of prostate cancer amongst black men in six London boroughs in 2014. NHS England continues to support effective new treatments and diagnostics and implement the ambitious independent Cancer Taskforce strategy and is working closely with leading clinical experts and Prostate Cancer UK to bring the latest research on this disease into practice. Targeted work is also being undertaken to ensure prostate cancer is diagnosed quickly and that everyone receives the best care wherever they live across the country.

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