The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on new research which suggests up to half of deaths of men with prostate cancer are due to the disease

The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on new research presented at the National Cancer Intelligence Network conference in London today (15 June 2011) which suggests that up to half of deaths in men with prostate cancer are directly due to the disease - challenging the commonly held perception that more men are likely to die with the disease than from it.

Ruth Holdaway, Director of Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity, explains: "Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men every year. Yet, a widely-held notion persists that men will simply die with the disease, rather than from it.

"This research is key in exploding that traditional view, and in putting the spotlight firmly on this disease as a significant men's health issue. The good news for all men is that deaths from the disease are declining. Much remains to be done however, in terms of improving treatments for men at greatest risk of dying from prostate cancer, particularly by investing in research, which has suffered chronic under-funding. Of particular importance is the need to find a sensitive test, capable of distinguishing between the aggressive and slow-growing forms of the disease so the cancer can be treated and more men will survive."