Prostate Cancer UK has thanked Stephen Fry for “speaking about his personal experience”, because “awareness like this is so important”.
Angela Culhane, chief executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said in a statement: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. There are over 47,000 men in the UK who, like Stephen Fry, are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. However, despite the numbers it’s a disease that, due to its nature, is often swept under the carpet.
“We salute Stephen for his courage in speaking out about his personal experience and wish him all the very best for his recovery.
“As Stephen says, one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, and it’s now the third biggest cancer killer. But if it is caught early, it can more often than not be treated successfully, which is why awareness like this is so important.
“It is crucial for every man to acknowledge the threat that prostate cancer can pose to his life. Some men in particular face a higher than average risk and so if you are over 50, black, or have a family history of prostate cancer, it’s important that you speak to your GP about the disease.
“Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses on 0800 084 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org.”
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