MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its drive to eradicate the injustices faced by men with and at risk of prostate cancer in Carshalton & Wallington.
Around 200 men in Sutton are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and around 49 die from the disease. Despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of the disease continue to face a number of injustices, 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 inequalities around awareness, age and ethnicity, and ensuring that all men gain access to the best possible treatments and information, regardless of where they live.
Recently, Tom met men living with or treated for prostate cancer, including Peter Ford from Carshalton at a campaigning event held at Westminster to discuss the issues in more depth and to show his support for the charity.
Tom said, “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 men in Carshalton & Wallington 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 and have quality time with loved ones.”
Mr. Ford went on to say, "It is very encouraging for both Prostate Cancer UK and myself that Tom has taken such an active interest in addressing the inequalities faced by men living with or at risk of prostate cancer. His on-going support during the past three years has already led to some tangible results and I look forward to his continued involvement"
To find out more about the work Prostate Cancer UK does and support their campaign go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/inequalities