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March 2017

News Briefing

March 2017
England and Wales


Parity action group

Comparable facts about breast cancer and prostate cancer

Breast cancer:  Almost 42,000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.  It is the country’s most common cancer and affects generally younger women.  Mortality rates have fallen by 31% since 1989.  Eighty per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive for five years, a higher proportion than this if diagnosed early.  It kills some 15,000 women a year and accounts for 17% of female deaths from cancer in the UK.  There is a national breast cancer screening programme available for women over 50, which costs £75 million a year.


Prostate cancerNearly 32,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year, mostly in older men, and mortality rates have risen by about 18% since 1989.  Sixty five percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for five years.  It kills about 10,000 men a year and accounts for 14% of UK male cancer deaths.  It affects some ethnic groups more than others.  There is no routine screening programme available in the NHS for prostate cancer. 


Evidence of bias in the NHS against prostate cancer victims
Press articles from time to time around individual cases highlight apparent inequality in attitudes and treatment provided by the NHS to breast and prostate cancer victims.  There is certainly anecdotal evidence that a bias exists against many prostate cancer victims. 


PARITY has a keen interest in this and is therefore looking to collect any hard evidence that such bias does indeed exist.  Those men who have suffered from prostate cancer and feel that they encountered unjustifiable bias in the NHS, or know of someone who has, and have hard evidence to support this, please therefore write with this information to the Hon Secretary at the PARITY registered address [‘Constables’, Windsor Road, Ascot SL5 7LF]. Individual identities will not be revealed in any summary of results.



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