Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: "It is
always concerning to hear that anyone is faced with prostate
cancer, but it is very good news if Billy Connolly's treatment has
been successful and we wish him the best in his recovery.
"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 250,000
men living with the disease in the UK right now. In fact, a man
dies from the disease every hour but it can often be treated
successfully if caught early enough. That's why it is vital that
more men and their families think about prostate health and take
early action so more men survive and have a better quality of life
in the future.
"We hope that with national icons like Billy and Michael
Parkinson being open about the disease, people across the country
will be encouraged to do the same, breaking down the traditional
taboos so we can bring about real change for men. We urge anyone
who has any concerns about prostate cancer to call the specialist
nurses on our helpline or visit their GP."
If you have concerns about prostate cancer, call Prostate Cancer
UK's specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 free to
landlines and open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday plus 7pm -
9pm on Wednesdays. Alternatively please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org