Theresa May announces £75 million fund for prostate cancer research

Theresa May announces £75 million fund for prostate cancer research

Theresa May spoke to staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Theresa May has announced £75 million of funding to research a means of diagnosing prostate cancer earlier.

The prime minister spoke on a visit to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge today (April 10) and said that earlier diagnosis would mean better treatments and better outcomes for men.

It is hoped the funding will mean 40,000 men can be recruited to new research projects.

May said: "I think it's very important that we put this focus on prostate cancer.

"One in eight men in the UK will be affected by prostate cancer and this money that we're putting in, the £75 million, will be funding research.

"Forty thousand men across the UK will be taking part in that research and what we want to find is a means of earlier diagnosis.

"I think this is very important as, of course, the earlier you diagnose then the better the treatment can be and the better the prognosis."

Officials said the new studies will particularly target men who are at higher risk of the disease including black men, men over the age of 50 and those with a family history of the disease.

During the visit May met staff and was shown the hospital's radiography department.

She described Addenbrooke's as a "key centre" for treating cancer and said she spoke to staff about spreading best practice.

She acknowledged the "winter pressures" the hospital has experienced and thanked staff for their efforts.