UK’s Prime Minister Announces New Plans to Fight Prostate Cancer

UK’s Prime Minister Announces New Plans to Fight Prostate Cancer
UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to fight prostate cancer with additional funding and research efforts. May's announcement was made while visiting a Cambridgeshire hospital for a National Health Service (NHS) meeting, the first in a series of discussions as the government works to develop a long-term plan for the NHS, which is observing its 70th anniversary. The prime minister laid out the government's long-term plans to help men in the U.K. access treatment for prostate cancer earlier and faster. May said that more than 40,000 men would be recruited into more than 60 new prostate cancer studies over the next five years thanks to a £75 million (almost $107 million U.S.) investment in new research for early diagnosis and treatment. The new studies will target population groups at particularly higher risk, such as black men. (Estimates point to one in four black men developing the disease at some point in their lives.) Additionally, men 50 years and older, and those with a family history of prostate cancer, also will be enrolled in these studies. Treatments tested in these studies will include radiotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound, cryotherapy, and other therapies such as exercise and dietary advice. These new efforts come as “one-stop cancer shops” that are being led in 10 areas to detect cancer early and speed up diagnosis, particularly for those who have less obvious symptoms. “Too many people endure the loss of a loved one because cancer diagnosis comes too late in the day. Our cancer treatments are world class and survival rates are at a record high, but prostate cancer still claims thousand
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