At a Downing Street event last night (Tuesday 13th
November) hosted for Prostate Cancer UK, Samantha Cameron spoke of
her support of the fight against the disease predicted to become
the most common cancer overall by 2030.
Prostate Cancer UK patrons Sir John Major and Sir Andrew Lloyd
Webber joined the event, where Mrs Cameron spoke of the urgency
needed to wake the nation up to a cancer that kills nearly as many
men as breast cancer kills women.
The event came hot on the heels of Prostate Cancer UK launching
its MANifesto - an unprecedented plan to triple investment in
research into the disease, boost support services for men
throughout the nations and regions of the UK and to dramatically
increase awareness of the disease, the organisation and its
services by launching a major mass media communications campaign.
The charity is also calling on others to join it in putting
momentum behind the cause of men's health, which has been in the
shadows for too long, by creating a forward-thinking movement for
Also attending the event, which was designed to bring
influential supporters together to hear a rallying cry for change,
were high profile celebrity supporters of Prostate Cancer UK whose
lives have been touched by the disease, including football legends
Denis Law and Mike Summerbee, BBC presenter Julia Bradbury,
Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker, Magic FM DJ Neil Fox and Smooth
FM's Mark Goodier.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: 'In
launching our MANifesto, the most significant and far-reaching plan
in the history of men's health, we highlighted the need to take
things to a completely different level for men with prostate
cancer, and prostate disease. Having Samantha Cameron on board
charts a substantial milestone along our journey towards the day
when the injustice surrounding men's health becomes a thing of the
'I am therefore extremely grateful to Mrs
Cameron for hosting the event, and to supporters and partners - old
and new - including the Movember Foundation, who took the time to
attend and back our cause. With over 40,000 men diagnosed with
prostate cancer every year, we cannot afford to fail in our task.
Last night's event adds further strength to the momentum required
to ensure we will not fail.'