New research has revealed that an alarming 86% of black men are unaware they are twice as likely to suffer from prostate cancer compared the rest of the UK’s male population.
A frightening 1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and a poll of over 3,500 people of all ethnicities conducted for Prostate Cancer UK revealed that the vast majority of men have no idea what the hidden prostate gland does for them.
The prostate is key to sex but 54% of men don’t know where it is in their body, only 8% know what it does and 17% are unaware they even have one.
One man dies every hour from cancer of the prostate and Prostate Cancer UK are launching a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and help fight what is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by the year 2030.
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Ignoring your prostate can be lethal. You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, and shockingly many men only realise they have a prostate when it starts to go wrong.
“If men really knew what the prostate can do to them, they wouldn’t ignore it. As a country, we need to wake up and stop men dying needlessly. Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it – only fighting it will. Now is the time to join the fight to beat this disease.”