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Prostate Cancer

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of prostate cancer. (192214)

A pilot public awareness programme on the prostate, set in a primary care trust population, was completed in autumn 2006 and its impact on the local population and the effect it has had on local national health service services has been evaluated. A report based on the results of the pilot and the evaluation, including clear next steps, will be discussed shortly by the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group. The pilot was jointly funded by the Department and signatories to the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action. The Department provided £100,000 towards the pilot.

The Department has provided funding through the Section 64 scheme for the following organisations to increase public awareness of prostate cancer:

in 2004 we provided 30,000 to the Men's Health Forum to help fund their publication, the Men and Cancer Manual;

we have provided 135,000 to the Prostate Cancer Charity to increase available information about prostate cancer; and

we are providing 105,000 to the Prostate Cancer Charity to improve awareness of the risks and symptoms of prostate cancer in African and Afro-Caribbean men in Britain.

In addition, the Cancer Reform Strategy set out that we will establish a new National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative. Led by the National Cancer Director, this initiative will bring together the national health service, representatives of local authorities, the Department, the National Cancer Research Institute and the research community, cancer charities and patients to coordinate a programme of activity to support local interventions to increase cancer symptom awareness and encourage earlier presentation.