Prostate cancer survivor campaigns for life-saving test

15 March 2011

A prostate cancer survivor has started a campaign to make a test that saved his life more widely available.

Bob Arthy, from Watford, started collecting signatures to petition the National Screening Committee (NSC) after the government-backed body decided not to kick-start a national screening and prostate cancer diagnosis campaign.

Speaking to the Watford Observer, Mr Arthy said he wants the prosate-specific antigen blood test to be run alongside similar screening programmes for cervical cancer in women - the smear test.

"The NSC should urgently review their decision not to recommend the development of a screening programme for prostate cancer," Mr Arthy told the news provider.

He added: "It is imperative that all men have the security of knowing that they will have an early diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer should it strike them down."

Last week the NSC said it was looking into how prostate cancer screening in the UK could be overhauled, as well as what it would cost and whether it would have significant benefits for patients.

The NSC will publish its findings this autumn.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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