About Prostate Cancer UK


More than ten thousand men die of prostate cancer each year. Thatís more than one man dying every hour of every day. And there are over a quarter of a million men living with the disease in the UK today. Itís as big an issue for men as breast cancer is for women.

The good news is that prostate cancer can often be successfully treated, if itís diagnosed early. But there is a lot less good news.

The number of men identified with prostate cancer is growing fast. Itís predicted to become the most common of all cancers in the UK over the next decade or so. Gradually, people are starting to become more aware of the disease, but they still often understand very little about it.


The best blood test for identifying prostate cancer is unreliable. At the moment, no test can consistently tell who has the life threatening form of the disease. And if it is identified at a late stage, there is currently no cure.


The various treatments for the disease can all pose significant risk of side effects including incontinence, loss of sex drive and difficulties having sex; these have a powerful impact on menís bodies and their psychological health.


Thereís no universal agreement about how best to treat the disease in its early stages and NHS treatment varies significantly across the UK.


In addition to the issues raised by prostate cancer, millions more men face pain and misery associated with benign prostate disease. Indeed, over half of all men will contract some form of prostate disease in their lifetime. Not nearly enough is known about the prevalence, causes or the best way to treat all forms.


And, as we all know, many men find it very difficult to talk about their health, especially when it involves issues below the belt.


Right now, we canít solve these problems quickly. So we are fighting to ensure that all men facing prostate cancer and prostate disease get the best possible information, the best possible care and the best possible help in dealing with the effects of diagnosis and treatment.


But what we really want is to find better methods of diagnosis and better treatments without side effects so that we wouldnít need to do any of this. With more help, we can fund the research that will find the answers.


No-one knows more about prostate cancer and prostate disease than we do. The problem is, we donít know nearly enough.


We are passionately committed to learning and doing more to affect change.


We need support and money to deliver better services today and find answers tomorrow.

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Football icon Michael Owen today becomes the latest big-name recruit for the star-studded Men United squad.


The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and England striker, fourth on the all-time goal scoring list for his country, will raise money for Prostate Cancer UK by competing in this yearís Virgin Money London Marathon.


And following a prolific career for club and country which saw him bulge the back of the net 324 times in 602 appearances, the frontman has set himself a new goal Ė raising money and awareness.


As part of his exciting new link-up with the organisation, the 34-year-old, now a respected pundit on the BBC and BT Sport, will compete the taxing 26-mile 365 yards course across the capital on Sunday, April 13.


Owenís stellar footballing career came to a conclusion almost 12 months ago as he hung up his boots when at Stoke City. One of his final acts as a Potter was to sport some facial hair for Movember.


Michael Owen  said:

ďI was lucky enough to play in some amazing arenas during my career and itís shocking to think that 250,000 people Ė almost three times the capacity of Wembley Ė are affected by prostate cancer in the UK.


Iím a real family man, and I know how devastating it can be when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer so to be able to join up with Prostate Cancer UK to run the marathon in aid of a disease that has affected so many players and fans is just fantastic.Ē


Fans can support Owen in his marathon quest by visiting his just giving page




The Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign was launched at a breakfast briefing at The Football League HQ on January 24th with comedian Bill Bailey assuming the role of team manager.


Big names from the world of show business including Stephen Fry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis, together with England sporting icons Les Ferdinand and Will Carling, have all signed up to Men United which has now got a squad of 80,000 members.


Owen takes an ever-growing squad of Prostate Cancer UK runners to 250 with the organisation primed to raise £500,000 from the ultimate test of endurance.


Michael Owen added:

ďPlaying up front required a single-minded attitude, but my career would have come to nothing if not for the efforts of my team mates.


Itís a clichť but there is no I in team, and Men United stands for the same principles. Itís important that we all pull together to defeat this deadly disease and by raising money we can start to make a big difference.Ē


Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive, Owen Sharp, said:

ďItís fantastic news to see such a football legend join our team of runners to take on the famous streets of London in April for an amazing cause.


Michaelís not only a legend in the football world but also an icon across wider sport and we look forward to seeing him sporting our logo among our team of runners in blue and black as they pace across the capital.


Prostate Cancer affects one in eight men, and with one man dying every hour from this disease itís something we cannot let run away from us. Our quest for progress is a marathon, and not a sprint, but this is a race we can win.Ē