MP calls for more investment to beat prostate cancer

March 17, 2009 10:18 AM

Prostate Cancer Charity logoCambridge MP David Howarth is calling on the Government to invest more money into research for prostate cancer which affects 35,000 men every year in the UK.

He wants more investment to develop a test to distinguish between the aggressive and slow-growing forms of the disease which claims the life of one man every hour.

Mr Howarth has signed a Commons' motion which urges the government to play an active role in providing leadership for the global search for such a test.

The motion marks the first Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, run by The Prostate Cancer Charity, under the banner "It Matters".

Mr Howarth said: "It is vital that men become more aware of this disease and take control of their own health. But, at the same time the government needs to play its part by investing in more research so that the medical professionals have all the information they need to treat people in the best way possible.

"I congratulate The Prostate Cancer Charity on launching this campaign to raise awareness of the fact that research into this disease has suffered from long-term under-funding. The government needs to make a positive effort to change this now if we are to have any hope of reducing the impact of this disease on men and their families."

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