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Men still unaware of prostate cancer risk

Men still unaware of prostate cancer risk Male Cancer Awareness Month

British men still underestimate the number of deaths caused by prostate cancer every year, research shows.

A survey of 3000 men by Everyman cancer charity found that two thirds of men underestimated the number of prostate cancer deaths.

One in four men questioned thought the number of prostate cancer deaths was four times lower than it actually is, while a further 23 per cent underestimated the death rate by half.

The news comes after the death of Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper who died last week from the disease. The 74 year old actor, well known for his roles in Easy Rider, Blue Velvet and Speed had been treated for prostate cancer for over nine years.

The survey also found that only 15 per cent of men were aware that prostate cancer, the number two cancer killer of British men, is the cause of over 10,000 deaths every year in the UK – equivalent to one man every hour.

The survey findings have been released to mark the mark the start of Male Cancer Awareness Month on 1 June.

The male cancer charity is calling on people to Turn Blue for male cancer in June in a bid to help raise the £2 million needed to fund the Everyman centre in Surrey each year.

City councils including London, Sheffield, Portsmouth and Cardiff are turning local landmarks blue in support of the campaign.

Everyman ambassadors including Piers Morgan, Dermot O’Leary and testicular cancer survivors Charley Boorman and Jimmy White are also urging men to raise money to fight the silent killer which affects 35,000 men every year in the UK.

Piers Morgan said: “I take my fair share of flack for being outspoken but when it comes to matters of health I don’t think you can ever shout loud enough.

"Too many men still bury their heads in the sand and refuse to speak up when it comes to their health and wellbeing. "

This article was published on Tue 1 June 2010

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