Prostate cancer now third deadliest form of disease in UK

Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows.

Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes - writes independent.co.uk.

This compares with 11,442 women who die from breast cancer .

Lung cancer and bowel cancer remain the two most common cancers to die from.

Trends show that the number of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since 1999, however the same downward death trend is yet to be seen in prostate cancer.

Over the same period breast cancer has benefited from a screening programme, along with significant investments in research, and there have been more than double the number of published breast cancer studies compared with prostate cancer studies, the charity said.

Lung cancer and bowel cancer remain the two most common cancers to die from.

Trends show that the number of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since 1999, however the same downward death trend is yet to be seen in prostate cancer.

Over the same period breast cancer has benefited from a screening programme, along with significant investments in research, and there have been more than double the number of published breast cancer studies compared with prostate cancer studies, the charity said.

The charity estimates that it needs to fund around £120m of research over the next eight years to reverse the trend and achieve its 10-year goal of halving the number of expected prostate cancer deaths by 2026.

In a bid to ramp up its fundraising, the charity has launched a series of March for Men walks around the UK to help raise funds.

Professional dancer andCelebrity Big Brotherhousemate Wayne Sleep was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2015 and will be leading the London March for Men for the second year running.

He said: “I was one of the lucky ones – thankfully my prostate cancer was detected early and I received treatment before it spread elsewhere.

“But thousands of other men are not so lucky, every year prostate cancer continues to claim the lives of nearly 12,000 fathers, brothers, partners and friends and this must stop.”

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