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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd pledges to tackle prostate cancer inequalities in Eastbourne

July 8, 2014 4:04 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its drive to eradicate the inequalities faced by men with and at risk of prostate cancer in Eastbourne and Willingdon.

Hundreds of men in East Sussex are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and many die from the disease. However, despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of the disease continue to face a number of challenges, particularly when it comes to awareness of risk and access to treatments, information and support.

Prostate Cancer UK has launched a report outlining five key injustices faced by men with or at risk of prostate cancer. The charity is calling on the government to take prostate cancer seriously by tackling the issues around awareness, age and ethnicity, and ensuring that all men gain access to the best possible treatments and information, regardless of where they live.

Stephen met men living with and beyond prostate cancer at a campaigning event held at Westminster recently to discuss the problems in more depth and to show his support for the charity's calls. He commented:

"Apparently Prostate cancer kills one man every hour but men and their families continue to face an uphill struggle on a number of fronts, from awareness of risk, through to gaining access to vital support, information, or world class treatments. Together with Prostate Cancer UK I want to ensure that all of us men in Eastbourne and Willingdon are armed with the knowledge of their risk of prostate cancer, and that those living with it have everything they need to tackle the disease head on. To show support I have pledged to get tested myself and I would encourage all men across our town to do the same."

The report - 'Men United v Prostate Cancer, Five inequalities, five solutions' - comes as part of the second wave of the charity's Men United campaign which has built an urgency around prostate cancer and has seen nearly 200,000 people sign up to join the fight against the disease since January 2014.

Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Strategy at Prostate Cancer UK, said; "For too long men with or at risk of prostate cancer have been dealt a series of unjust deals. Four in five men at higher risk of the disease don't know it - meaning that they could miss out on being diagnosed at an early stage when the disease is most treatable. Since the launch of our Men United campaign we have seen huge public will to work together as a force for change. We're delighted that Stephen has pledged to play a key role in abolishing these inequalities."

For more information on the injustices faced by men living with or at risk of prostate cancer go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/inequalities