New figures show that for the first time ever the number of men dying from prostate cancer in the UK has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer.
While lung and bowel cancer remain the top cancer killers, prostate cancer is now third, according to figures released by Prostate Cancer UK.
In 2015, 11,819 men died from prostate cancer, compared to 11,442 women from breast cancer – a reality that Prostate Cancer UK says is due to advances in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The charity says that the UK’s aging population is one of the reasons why more men are developing and dying from prostate cancer.
Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said prostate cancer survival rates could be increased by developing better diagnostic tests and using them to form a nationwide screening programme.
At present, there is no single, reliable test for prostate cancer. Also, men with the disease can live for decades without showing any symptoms.
Those most at risk are men with male relatives who have had the disease, black men and men aged over 50.
Ms Culhane said: “It's incredibly encouraging to see the tremendous progress that has been made in breast cancer over recent years.
“The good news is that many of these developments could be applied to prostate cancer and we're confident that with the right funding, we can dramatically reduce deaths within the next decade.”
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