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Meg joins Prostate Cancer Campaign

Monday, February 3, 2003

Press release

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley has today joined a campaign to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer in men.

Meg’s father, well-known and much-respected local politician and former Lord Mayor, Reg Munn, died of prostate cancer a year ago on February 3rd 2002. She has now signed a special motion in Parliament, supporting the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action.

The charter - agreed by all the key charities and professional organisations working in the prostate cancer field - calls for Government action on a wide range of fronts.

Meg said “Reg wanted to me to use any opportunity I could to raise awareness  of this disease so I am pleased that this initiative is going ahead and give it my full support.

The Charter, subtitled because men’s lives matter tackles several different areas of importance. It calls for a much higher awareness of the disease, encouraging men to get over their embarassment and visit their Doctor if they suspect anything is wrong. It asks for further research on different types of treatment and for specially trained prostate health workers who can treat and care for these men. Finally the charter asks that the charities and the voluntary sector work very closely with the Department of Health so that everything that can be done, is being done for the growing numbers of men with this disease.”


Notes to Editor

Howard Stoate’s Early Day Motion - 29th January 2003
That this House notes that prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in men; further notes that one man dies every hour from prostate cancer in the United Kingdom; welcomes the initiative of the major cancer charities and related professional organisations in coming together to launch the PC Charter for Action; recognises that the PC Charter provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Government to collaborate with the voluntary sector; and calls on the Government to support the PC Charter"s objectives and work closely with the signatories to tackle prostate cancer

Press Release from Prostate Cancer Charity giving more details of the charter 29/1/2003


The Prostate Cancer Charity welcomes the launch today at the House of Commons of the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action. The Charter - agreed by all the key charities and professional organisations working in the prostate cancer field - calls for Government action on a wide range of fronts.

Action on transparency, public awareness, patient care, resources and partnership with the voluntary sector represent the balanced programme needed to achieve a step change in services and support to men with prostate cancer in the UK.

John Neate, the Charity’s Chief Executive said, ‘The Prostate Cancer Charity is delighted to be working together with other organisations in supporting this Charter. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for Government to work in partnership with a united group of charities and professional groups in jointly tackling the growing challenge of prostate cancer in this country’.


PROSTATE CANCER CHARTER FOR ACTION - Because men"s lives matter.
Detailed Text

We call for an urgent interim report on the progress in meeting all of the targets highlighted in the NHS Prostate Cancer Plan, launched in September 2000. We believe that information sharing is vital for the future effective management of the disease and that only a national database on all aspects of incidence, treatment and outcomes can achieve the transparency demanded by the public and clarity for investment and planning.

Action on Public Awareness:

We call for the promised public awareness programme to be underway by spring 2003. We would like to see an ongoing male-friendly health education campaign using popular media and increasing public awareness of the prostate and its function. The campaign should challenge the notion that prostate problems are an inevitable part of ageing to be endured rather than investigated. It should explain when men should take action, highlight risk factors (including ethnicity), and describe the role of the PSA blood test.

Action on Patient Care:

Men and those close to them need information and support to make informed choices about their treatment. Care should be co-ordinated using a multi disciplinary team approach. We call for evaluation and investment in decision making tools to compare all treatment options including active surveillance and participation in clinical trials. We also call for an audited programme of education on prostate cancer for primary care providers.

Action on Resources:

The costs of treating prostate cancer are set to rise, but we believe that they can be mitigated by prompt, targeted investment in the following three areas: trained prostate pathologists to cope with increased demand for diagnosis; specialist prostate cancer nurses to support both those affected and primary care providers; and fundamental research into reliable tests to identify men with prostate cancer, predict the cancer’s aggressiveness and to provide individually tailored treatment.

Action on Partnership:

The voluntary sector can play a major part in raising public awareness and providing information to those affected by prostate cancer. We call for better collaboration and communication between the voluntary sector and the Government in the formulation of policy on prostate cancer and delivery of the Prostate Cancer Plan.

Prostate Cancer Charter for Action Signatories
The Prostate Cancer Charity Institute of Cancer Research British Association of Urological Surgeons
Prostate Research Campaign UK Cancer Research UK British Urological Foundation
Orchid Cancer Appeal Macmillan Cancer Relief British Association of Urological Nurses
British Prostate Group Cancer BACUP
Coalition against Prostate Cancer Men’s Health Forum
Pro Cancer Research Fund Tenovus
PcaSO (Prostate Cancer Support Organisation)
Scottish Association of Prostate Cancer Support Groups

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