Support and Information

What we do

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Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We have three priorities:

  1. Supporting men and providing information
  2. Finding answers by funding research 
  3. Leading change to raise awareness and improve care

Supporting men and providing information

Our Specialist Nurses have time to talk and answer questions about prostate cancer and prostate problems. We provide free printed and downloadable information. Our online community and one-to-one support service connects men and their families with others who know what they're going through. 

Finding answers through research

We fund research into tests, treatments and the causes of prostate cancer. Over the years, research in this area has been badly underfunded. We are changing this. 

Leading change to raise awareness and improve care

With help from our volunteers, we work with the general public, the government and the NHS to raise awareness and get a better deal for men with prostate cancer. 

Our work is guided by our ambitious MANifesto [PDF], launched in October 2012.

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Our services

Helpline

We offer a UK-wide, confidential Helpline, staffed by our specialist nurses, for anyone concerned about or affected by prostate cancer: 0800 074 8383*

Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, plus Wednesday 7-9pm

To contact the Helpline by email, please use the Helpline contact form

Peer-to-peer support

Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has been there. Whether you have prostate cancer or are a family member or friend of someone living with prostate cancer, we can put you in touch with one of our support volunteers, who have been trained to listen and offer support. We will match you with a volunteer based on your circumstances and concerns.

Online Community

You can join our members' message board where people discuss a whole range of issues related to prostate cancer in a welcoming online environment.

*Calls may be monitored for training purposes. However, confidentiality is maintained between callers and Prostate Cancer UK. We regret that we are unable to answer queries from overseas visitors, but all of our publications are available on this website to download.

Support groups

Our network of support groups in Scotland are run for and by men who have prostate cancer, their partners and families. These groups provide local support and information usually through group meetings which may include a speaker. Find details of a group near you or by contacting our Support Group Development Officer or by telephoning 0141 314 0028.

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Our publications

We provide free information tailored to the needs of men with prostate cancer and their families and friends. See our publication catalogue for a comprehensive range of information about everything from treatment options to living with prostate cancer.

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Fundraising

Our work is funded almost entirely by the generosity of companies, trusts, community groups and individuals.

We're also the primary beneficiary of the Movember Foundation. Around 46,000 men supported the 2009 campaign, raising over £5 million by growing moustaches. We also benefit from ongoing support from Marks & Spencer and other leading businesses. We are grateful to a growing number of trusts who support us. Every year thousands of supporters take part in challenge events or fundraising days to raise money for the cause.

Our fundraising activity is very cost-effective: for every £1 we spend on fundraising, we raise £3. For a charity of our size this is a great return in terms of what we need to spend to generate funds. In addition to income, our fundraising activities help deliver the wider awareness goals of the Charity.

Find out more about some of our fundraising activities:

Movember
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Visit our Fundraising section for more information or contact us by email or call us on 0141 314 0050.

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Campaigning

We are the leading force in lobbying government for improved prostate cancer care.

We campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer, improve services and to reduce inequalities in prostate cancer care.

In Scotland we lobby the Scottish Government and campaign to raise awareness for prostate cancer. We seek opportunities to influence policy and practice and are involved in a number of key influencing networks which include the Scottish Cancer Coalition, the Scottish Parliament Cancer Cross Party Group and the Scottish Prostate Alliance.

You can help us by supporting our campaigns.

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Working with African Caribbean communities

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men of the same age. However, they are also less likely to be aware of it.

By working with community groups to set up events, deliver talks and distribute information, we aim to increase understanding of the disease and to support the African Caribbean community in dealing with its impact.

Find out more about how to get involved in your local community

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Working with health professionals

We work with health professionals to support their professional development, encourage best practice and improve standards of care for men with prostate cancer.

We network and collaborate with researchers, academic partners and clinical experts to ensure we deliver a variety of education initiatives that are well received and in high demand.