Prostate Cancer UK and Movember launch £4.5 million action plan to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer

Today, Prostate Cancer UK has announced the establishment of a £4.5 million action plan to help the hundreds of thousands of men living with prostate cancer survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life. Made possible by funds raised through the Movember Foundation ‘A Survivorship Action Partnership’ (ASAP UK) represents the UK’s most significant investment in prostate cancer survivorship to date.

Prostate Cancer UK is calling on prostate cancer experts across the country to apply for membership of this project which will bring together the most innovative thinking in the fight against prostate disease. Applicants will be joining a brand new network of organisations focussed on improving the lives of men living with prostate cancer. 

Members will work in collaboration to identify and demonstrate the best and most cost-effective ideas for improving the physical and mental wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors. They will be tasked with developing evidence-based practical solutions to help men live longer and manage treatment side effects or symptoms that can be difficult to cope with such as pain, fatigue, incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said:  “Prostate cancer is a disease which can have a significant impact on men’s bodies and their psychological health. Yet shockingly, we know that there is no universal agreement about how best to treat the disease in its early stages, and treatment varies significantly across the UK. That is why we are proud to be teaming up with Movember to tackle this issue head on. The idea is simple: in order to significantly improve the quality of life and outcomes for men living with prostate cancer, we need to change practice in the healthcare community and amongst men and their families. 

“We call on experts in prostate cancer across the country to join us in this groundbreaking ASAP UK network. Together, we will turn research and ideas into action and share knowledge openly and freely, helping to speed up the fight to improve men’s lives.”

Movember’s Executive Director of Programs, Paul Villanti, says, “We are acutely aware that there are many unmet physical and mental health issues relating to prostate cancer that need to be addressed as a priority, which is why improving the quality of life for men living with the disease is very high on our agenda.  Just as men are sprouting moustaches across the country to join in our fight against prostate cancer and prostate disease, we are going to join practitioners across the country to prove how we can do better for men.” 

For more information or to apply to join the ASAP UK, please visit /asapuk