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Cancer: Males

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to spend on increasing awareness of cancers affecting men; and if he will make a statement. (280671)

Work to improve cancer symptom awareness and encourage earlier presentation across all cancers, including male cancers, is being taken forward through the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative, formally launched in November 2008.

In the last 12 months, the following funding has been awarded to organisations to raise awareness of male cancers specifically at a national level:

As part of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative's promoting earlier presentation work stream, the Department and the Football Foundation are joint funding the Ahead of the Game programme. Ahead of the Game is a one-year pilot programme that will use the appeal of football to raise awareness of lung, bowel and prostate cancers in men aged 55 and over. The Department has awarded £50,000 for 2009-10, which builds on the £36,000 awarded for this purpose in 2008-09.

The Men's Health Forum has been awarded funding of £45,000 for 2009-10 for its project on increasing bowel screening uptake in men. This forms part of the £135,000 that the charity has received for this purpose over the past three years. In addition, the Men's Health Forum will receive a one year grant of £26,000 in 2009-10 to update its Mini Manual for Men's Cancer.