Theresa May declares ‘£75m drive’ to improve treatment of prostate cancer which kills more than 11,000 men every year in the UK.


The prime minister is to set out plans with an additional £75m in funding to ensure prostate cancer patients are “treated earlier and faster.”

It is hoped that the funding will support 40,000 men in a new research project with the major cash boost over the next five years.

The new studies will specifically target men who will be found at higher risk of the disease including black men, men with a family history of the disease and those over the age of 50.

Mrs. May will also study the long-term plans for the NHS with hospital staff.

Mrs. May said ahead of the visit that cancer survival rates are at a record high, and prostate cancer still responsible for killing thousands of lives every year. This new plan will help treat thousands of men earlier and faster.

“To inform this, I’ll be meeting doctors, nurses and other NHS staff today to understand the challenges they face and discuss how we can effectively meet the demands of the future,” Mrs. May added.

She also said that the government has increased spending on the health service every year since 2010 to manage the economy.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This winter hundreds of cancer operations were canceled despite Tory promises the NHS was better prepared than ever before, and thousands of patients are still waiting beyond the target of 62 days for treatment after an urgent GP referral.”