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Building excellence in prostate cancer care

Friday, April 27, 2012

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK with 37,000 men being diagnosed with the disease every year. Recently Meg Munn MP chaired a listening event in the constituency designed to support better standards of care for those suffering with the disease.


At the meeting concerns were raised about the current level of awareness about prostate cancer amongst health professionals as well as those directly affected. Suggestions were made by patients and health professionals on how this could be improved and where developments are needed in research, in order to improve care for sufferers.


The meeting was part of a consultation process launched by the Prostate Cancer Charity. It involved politicians and healthcare professionals discussing with patients the variations in care that men with the disease experience across the country. The process helps everyone to share their views and examine what high quality care for people affected by prostate cancer should be like.


Meg said:


“We know that on average a man dies every hour of prostate cancer in the UK. If we can improve and develop standards of care across the country I hope we can reduce the effects of this killer disease.


We owe a lot to our local doctors, nurses and other health professionals, who are working hard to diagnose and treat people with prostate cancer. I hope our meeting will help the Prostate Cancer Charity in developing their national set of care standards.”


Local GP and Cancer Lead, Dr Anthony Gore, said:


“There are currently 247 people diagnosed with prostate cancer in Sheffield every year and we hope that the meeting in Sheffield will aid the Prostate Cancer Charity. I’d encourage anyone who has been affected by prostate cancer to contact them and give their views, so we can help more patients and their families.”


The Prostate Cancer Charity will be working with government, health professionals and commissioners to ensure good standards of care are implemented across the country, so that men everywhere receive the same high quality care regardless of where they live.


To view the draft standards of care visit: www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/takeaction

Or to receive a hard copy by post please call 0208 222 7173

If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call the Prostate Cancer Charity’s Helpline 0800 074 8383 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm or visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk


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