01 March 2018
The number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK, new government figures have revealed.
The latest figures - taken from 2015 and announced at the end of January - show that there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer compared with 11,442 from breast cancer.
The causes of prostate cancer, which is responsible for more than 10,000 UK deaths each year, are largely unknown but what is certain is that chances of developing it increase in men over 50 years of age. Although it is more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent, it is actually less common in men of Asian descent.
Men whose father or brother has been affected by prostate cancer are also at higher risk of being affected themselves.
The most common test for prostate cancer usually involves a ‘digital examination’. That means the doctor feeling inside the man’s back passage. It is common practice for the doctor, usually takes less than a minute, is relatively painless and could save your life!
Prostate Awareness Month takes place during March - an important reminder to encourage more men to be tested. Early detection can save lives so take the test – whatever month it is!
The good news is that, if spotted in time, prostate cancer is very treatable with latest figures showing that 84% of those treated live for 10 years or more after treatment.
Prostate Cancer Facts
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
- Over 46,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's more than 120 men every day
- Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 10,500 men every year
- 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
- Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer