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March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Tom has expressed his support for the Prostate Cancers campaign for care standards to be adopted by the NHS in relation to the condition to improve the ongoing treatment of patients.

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Every year 37,000 men are diagnosed with the disease and 10,000 men die.

Historically men with prostate cancer - the most common male cancer - have suffered from a legacy of neglect. Whilst recent improvements have been made in the quality of care that men receive, this progress may be at risk.

The delayed development of NICE quality standards for prostate cancer, as well as recent decisions not to recommend new treatments for men at the end stages of the disease, threaten to leave prostate cancer behind once again. These decisions could lead to variations in the quality of care men receive both within England and across the UK. This is unacceptable - men should have access to the same high quality care wherever they live.

To address these issues, The Prostate Cancer Charity has developed a draft set of standards that outline the best quality care that all men with prostate cancer need.

I support these standards and will work with the charity to get them adopted across the UK.

But before the standards are ready - the charity needs people affected by prostate cancer to tell them what they think and whether or not the draft standards highlight the aspects of care that matter most to men.

If you or someone you know has experience of prostate cancer, please share your views by taking part in the charity's survey at

www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/qualitycare

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