Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign 2017
To: All Branches
Prostate Cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. It can be treatable if caught early. It usually affects men over 50 and is rare in younger men. It differs from most other cancers in the body, in that small areas of cancer within the prostate are very common. It may also stay dormant (inactive) for many years. Most Prostate Cancers grow very slowly. But in a proportion of men, Prostate Cancer can grow more quickly and in some cases may spread to other parts of the body, particularly the bones.
Below are some of the very basic facts and figures about prostate cancer.
Across the UK
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 130 men every day.
Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 11,000 men every year.
1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
More than 900 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
Every day two men die from prostate cancer in Scotland.
Almost 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.
More than 9,500 men die from prostate cancer every year in England.
Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer in England.
More than 2,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales.
More than 600 men die every year from prostate cancer in Wales.
In Northern Ireland
More than 1,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland.
More than 200 men die every year from prostate cancer in Northern Ireland.
Most Common Cancer in Men
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men and many feel like it’s hit them out of the blue. Often men have no signs or symptoms and little awareness of the disease that kills 11,000 men in the UK every year and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate. It’s vital they know they can turn to Prostate Cancer UK for support and information. The CWU is joining the Cancer Charities along with other organisations and employers to reach out to men and spread the word about Prostate Cancer. The Charity also needs more people to know about Prostate Cancer to raise money and help save Men’s lives through research, support and information.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate Cancer can develop when cells in the Prostate Gland grow in an uncontrolled way. Often it grows slowly. It might never cause any problems but sometimes it’s more aggressive and needs treating, to slow it down or stop it spreading to other parts of the body.
What are The Symptoms?
Some men with Prostate Cancer may have no symptoms at all and some men may have some of these symptoms:-
needing to urinate more often than usual, including at night or needing to go again after two hours
difficulty starting to urinate
straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
a weak flow when urinating
a feeling that the bladder is not fully emptied
needing to rush to the toilet
dribbling urine after finishing.
Less Common Symptoms include
pain when urinating
pain when ejaculating
blood in urine or semen*
problems getting or keeping an erection – this isn’t a common symptom of a prostate problem and is more often linked to other health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems.
*Blood in urine or semen can be caused by other health problems. Talk to your doctor if you see any blood in your urine or semen.
Are You At Risk?
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. See attached document: ‘What is my risk of prostate cancer?’ to see if you are at risk.
High Risk Group – Over 50’s
Prostate Cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50 and your risk increases if your father or brother has had Prostate Cancer. Men are two and a half times more likely to develop Prostate Cancer if their father or brother has had it.
High Risk Group – Black African or Caribbean descent
Black men are three times more likely to develop Prostate Cancer than white men of the same age. If you’re a black man over 45, speak to your GP about your risk of Prostate Cancer.
Prostate Cancer Affects Everyone including Women
Prostate Cancer may be a male disease, but it is important that women know about it too. Women have husbands, partners, brothers, fathers and family members, so everyone is affected and it’s important that women know about it too!
Campaigns in 2017
Prostate Cancer UK is supporting many campaigns throughout 2017 and you can get involved wherever you are in the UK. See the links below for further information on how you can participate in 2017.
March For Men: http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men
Many events are planned across the nation in June – London, Leeds, Glasgow, Exeter, Newcastle and others being added all the time. A marathon walk visiting 40 Football Clubs is one confirmed event. Go to the above link if interested in participating, donating or sponsorship.
Find a Fundraising Event: http://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/find-a-fundraising-event
The new ‘find an event’ webpage helps locate just what those wishing participate want to do. By entering the dates, locations and type of event e.g. run, cycle, walk, gold, social event etc., the Charity Search engine does the rest and tells you what’s already been organised.
For further information about Prostate Cancer follow the link to the Prostate Cancer UK website:
Address: Prostate Cancer UK, Fourth floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN
Phone: 020 3310 7000
Address: Prostate Cancer UK, Unit F22-24, Festival Business Centre, 150 Brand Street, Glasgow, G51 1DH
Phone: 0141 218 4760
North West England
Address: Prostate Cancer UK, 11th Floor, Regent House, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1BS
Phone: 0161 475 1720
Prostate Cancer UK – Confidential Specialist Nurses Helpline: 0800 074 8383
Know Someone Who Needs Help or Information?
They can speak to a Specialist Nurse in confidence and free of charge on0800 074 8383.
Useful publications and information factsheets are available for purchase and download on the Prostate Cancer UK website:
Know Your Prostate
Prostate Cancer A Guide for Men Who’ve Just Been Diagnosed
What Is My Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Diet and Physical Activity for Men with Prostate Cancer
Raise awareness in your Branch – Order an Information or Supporters Pack:
An introduction to the prostate gland and common prostate problems Includes:- Know your prostate: a guide to common prostate problems, Understanding the PSA test and Diet, activity and your risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK’s Information Pack and Supporter Pack has all the resources you need to start raising awareness of prostate cancer.
Inside you’ll get posters, pocket guides and leaflets which explain what prostate cancer is, which men are most at risk, and what men should do if they are worried about their risk.
Included is the Man of Men pin badge which you can wear to show you’re a supporter of Prostate Cancer UK and the Stronger Knowing More campaign.
Specialist Nurse Helpline 0800 074 8383:
Whether you have a Branch member who has been diagnosed or have concerns about prostate cancer, Prostate Cancer UK is here to give support. They can help individuals or help partners, family members, friends, and health professionals with any questions they have.
Call: 0800 074 8383
Individuals can e-mail by going to the Specialist Nurse Webpage at:
Telephone translation service:
There is also a telephone translation service available via this helpline and the Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurses can speak to individuals over the phone, in their own or preferred language, via an interpreter. Just call 0800 074 8383 and say, in English, the language requested.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
“CWU – Supporting Prostate Cancer UK – Helping end male cancer deaths from Prostate Cancer”
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