40,000 a year get prostate can­cer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

PROSTATE can­cer is now af­fect­ing more than 40,000 men a year in the UK, new fig­ures have shown. The num­ber of men dy­ing from the dis­ease each year re­mains un­changed, at about 10,000 a year. In 2009, around 40,800 Bri­tish men were di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer, the char­ity Can­cer Re­search UK re­ported. That com­pares with a fig­ure of just 14,000 two decades ear­lier in 1989. Prior to to­day’s up­date, the fig­ure most of­ten quoted was 37,000. Much of the in­crease is due to more men hav­ing blood tests for the prostate can­cer biomarker Prostate Spe­cific Anti­gen (PSA), say ex­perts.

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