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PROSTATE CANCER UP 275 % BY 2020; Fears over cases of killer disease.


PROSTATE cancer in Ireland will rocket by 275 per cent by 2020, figures revealed yesterday.

The National Cancer Registry Of Ireland estimates a worrying 3,768 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in 11 years' time.

The latest data was released to coincide with the launch of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.

The campaign, organised by Irish initiative Action Prostate Cancer, aims to cut down on the deaths from the disease.

Speaking at the launch of the Awareness Week Prostate Cancer Information Services Nurse Sonya Bowen said she hopes the event will encourage men over 50 to become more prostate aware.

The initiative is also aimed to encourage men to be more open to discussions about their risk of developing the disease with their GPs and to consider the merits of screening.

Fronted by soccer analyst John Giles, the Awareness Campaign will also feature the publication of a new magazine titled Manhood.

Since its inception in April 2006, 10,000 people have sought information and advice from Action Prostate Cancer, with 82 per cent of those enquiries from men.

This illustrates that more than ever, men living in Ireland are taking positive action when it comes to their health.

And a total of 69 per cent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive for five years or longer.

Men Against Cancer is a support group for men with prostate cancer.

Typical calls from undiagnosed men relate to a raised PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test which can point to the presence of prostate cancer, waiting times for tests and questions on the cancer.

Nurse Bowen also revealed yesterday a free DVD guide has also been produced specifically for patients with prostate cancer.

It features short video presentations on prostate cancer, treatment options, dietary advice, lifestyle tips and support and information.

The DVD is available through the Prostate Cancer Information Service, Freephone 1800380380.


Soccer analyst John Giles and prostate cancer survivor John O'Shea yesterday Picture: ROBBIE REYNOLDS ON THE BALL
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2009
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