Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride recently attended an event in the Scottish Parliament for Prostate Cancer UK to show her support for their Quality Checklist initiative which seeks to help men across Scotland with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support.
“I recently attended an event for Prostate Cancer UK’s in Parliament to talk with men who had been affected by prostate cancer about their experiences and what can be done to ensure other men facing this disease get the best support and care.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it is incredibly important that we do all we can to ensure men are aware of the symptoms, seek medical help when they have a concern and receive the support they need when diagnosed.
“Prostate Cancer UK is working closely with men and their families, healthcare providers, politicians and health professionals to ensure that the checklist is adopted and that men across Scotland who are affected are given the best possible care.
“The Scottish Government recently invested in a support package of £500,000 along with Prostate Cancer UK, to fund clinical research into detecting the differences between aggressive from non-aggressive disease, one of Prostate Cancer UK’s priority areas for research funding.
“The Health Secretary has pledged that he will continue to work hard to ensure that those diagnosed are given the best possible chance of recovery through early detection, research and quality care.”
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Picture is of Linda Fabiani MSP with prostate cancer survivors David Sinton and Charles McQueen at Prostate Cancer UK’s Event in the Scottish Parliament
To view the Quality Checklist please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/qualitycare
Prostate Cancer UK – The facts
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in both Scotland and the UK.
Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year – 2,700 of those men are in Scotland. 19,000 Scottish men are currently living with the disease. Every hour 1 man dies from prostate cancer.
African Caribbean men are 3 times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men of the same age.
Prostate Cancer UK – What we do
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We support men and provide vital information. We find answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And we lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. We believe that men deserve better.
Anyone concerned about prostate cancer can call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and open from 10am to 4pm on Monday to Friday and from 7 – 9pm on Wednesdays.