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Meg backs better information for men at risk of prostate cancer

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meg Munn MP is supporting the ‘Testing Choices’ campaign by the Prostate Cancer Charity which aims to ensure that all men at higher risk of prostate cancer understand their right to balanced information and support they may need when deciding whether or not to have a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test which is used to detect a problem with the prostate, which may be cancer. Meg has some knowledge of this type of cancer as her own father, Reg, died from prostate cancer. The higher risk group includes men over 50, those with a family history of the disease and Afro-Caribbean men.


At a drop in information session Meg met constituent Denton Wilson to learn more about the campaign and Denton’s experience of prostate cancer. She was interested to learn from Denton that prostate cancer has a greater prevalence in Afro-Caribbean men than in white men and he explained how he had had to fight for a test following the death of his own father from the cancer.


Current government guidelines state that men over the age of 50 have the right to ask for a PSA test following a balanced discussion with their doctor about its pros and cons, but only 36% of GP’s know about these guidelines. Yet research by the Charity shows that two thirds of men over 50 don’t even know the test exists. In addition, one in five GPs never talk about the PSA test with at risk groups, unless they have potential symptoms of prostate cancer. This means that all too often men are unable to choose whether or not the test is right for them.


Meg Munn MP said:


“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Every year 37,000 men are diagnosed with the disease. Not all men who are at higher risk of developing the disease know about it, let alone how it can be diagnosed and treated.


We need to do more to ensure that all men are aware. 10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year so it’s vitally important that all men over 50 get equal levels of information and support.”


Dr Sarah Cant, Head of Policy & Campaigns for The Prostate Cancer Charity said:


 “It’s fantastic that Ms Munn has supported the Testing Choices campaign by attending our drop in session to meet her constituent. We hope many more politicians will follow suit and back the Charity’s call for a new information programme that will reach more men who have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.” 

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Denton Wilson

Meg with Denton Wilson

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