Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third largest cancer killer in the UK, new study shows.
Prostate Cancer UK said the amount of men dying from prostate cancer annually has overtaken the amount of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men dying from prostate cancer in the united kingdom annually — the equivalent of a single person every 45 minutes.
Some 11,819 men die from prostate cancer in the UK annually, Prostate Cancer UK stated (Kirsty O´Connor/PA)
Bowel cancer and lung cancer remain the two most common cancers.
Trends show that the amount of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily diminishing since 1999, however the same downward passing trend is yet to be observed in prostate cancer.
Over the same period breast cancer has benefited from a screening programme, together with significant investments in research, and there have been more than twice the amount of printed breast cancer studies contrasted with prostate cancer studies, the charity said.
Regardless of the alarming amounts, the charity added that the shift doesn’t represent a worsening situation for prostate cancer and men diagnosed with now are two-and-a-half times more likely to live for ten decades or more than when they were diagnosed in 1990.
It’s due to an increasing and ageing population that the amount of men dying from the disease is rising.
Prostate Cancer UK chief executive Angela Culhane said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see that the tremendous progress that has been created in breast cancer over recent decades.
“The introduction of precision medication, a screening programme and a weighty research increase has no doubt played an significant part in cutting the amount of women who die from the disease.
“With half the investment and half the study it’s not surprising that progress in prostate cancer is lagging behind.
“However, the fantastic thing is that many of these developments could be implemented to prostate cancer and we are convinced that with the right funding, we could dramatically reduce deaths over the next decade.”
The charity estimates that it needs to fund around #120 million of study over the next eight years to reverse the trend and reach its 10-year goal of halving the amount of expected prostate cancer deaths by 2026.
In an attempt to ramp up its fundraising, the charity has established a series of March for Men walks around the UK to help raise funds.
Professional singer and Celebrity Big Brother housemate 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 among those lucky ones — thankfully my prostate cancer was detected early and I received therapy before it spread everywhere.
“But tens of thousands of different guys aren’t as lucky, annually prostate cancer continues to claim the lives of nearly 12,000 fathers, brothers, spouses and friends and this must stop.”