£75m for research into early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

Over 40,000 men will be recruited into prostate cancer studies over the next five years, backed by £75 million funding, as part of new research into early diagnosis and treatment.

This new drive to fight prostate cancer was announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Theresa May said: “Too many people endure the loss of a loved one because cancer diagnosis comes too late in the day.

“Our cancer treatments are world class and survival rates are at a record high, but prostate cancer still claims thousands of lives every year.

“I know we can do more. That’s why I am setting out new plans to help thousands of men get treated earlier and faster.”

The new studies will particularly target higher risk groups, including black men as statistics suggest that one in four will develop the disease. Others include men aged 50 or over and men with a family history of prostate cancer.

Over 40,000 patients will be recruited for more than 60 studies in prostate cancer, to test treatments including more precise radiotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound, cryotherapy, alongside supportive interventions including exercise and dietary advice.

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