Bill has voiced his support for a Prostate Cancer UK initiative designed to help all men with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and information.
It comes after new analysis revealed vast variations in the quality of care men with prostate cancer receive across England. The evidence also suggested that, despite recent improvements, the disease still lags behind other common cancers in key areas such as availability of specialist nurses.
In a bid to help stamp out these inequalities Prostate Cancer UK has produced a 15 point Quality Checklist setting out what people affected by prostate cancer can, and should, expect from first diagnosis through to the end of life.
Bill also attended a campaigning event held at Westminster last week.
Speaking afterwards he said,
“Each year 10,000 men die from prostate cancer and there are over a quarter of a million people living with the disease today. By 2030 it is predicted to be the most common cancer in all of the UK.
That is why we must do everything possible to ensure men with prostate cancer, their family and friends get the highest quality care and support available.
Prostate Cancer UK have now produced a clear and comprehensive best practice guide. I am proud to be supporting this important initiative and hope that Herefordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group will seriously consider adopting its recommendations.”
Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Prostate Cancer UK, said,
“There are over 215,000 men living with prostate cancer in England, many of whom have to make difficult treatment choices or cope with tough side effects. It’s not good enough that that they also face a postcode lottery when it comes to the quality of support and information they receive to deal with this. It is vital that every man with prostate cancer has access to the world class information, care and support he needs and deserves if we are to help men have a better quality of life in the future.
We are delighted that Bill Wiggin MP has shown his support for men with prostate cancer by endorsing our Quality Checklist and urgently call on healthcare providers and commissioners to follow Bill’s lead. Men with prostate cancer deserve the best, and we’re absolutely determined that’s exactly what they are going to get.”