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North Dorset Cycle Ride - Prostate Cancer

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer,y and over 250,000 are currently living with the disease. Usually, the growth of all cells is carefully controlled in the body. As cells die, they are replaced in an orderly fashion. Cancer develops when cells start to grow in an uncontrolled way. If this happens in the prostate gland, prostate cancer can develop.

Prostate cancer often grows slowly and has a low risk of spreading, so it may never cause any symptoms or problems in a man’s lifetime. In other words, it’s often not life-threatening, and because of this, slow-growing prostate cancer might not need treatment. However, some men will have faster growing cancer and a higher risk of spreading. This needs treatment to stop it from spreading outside the prostate.

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK is the UK’s largest men’s health charity. Its staff, trustees, patrons, ambassadors and volunteers all work towards one goal: putting men at the centre of everything it does. The Prostate Cancer Charity was founded in 1996 by Professor Jonathan Waxman to address the ‘outrageous and arbitrary surgical treatment of men’.

It was the first national organisation for prostate cancer in the UK. It aimed to improve the care and welfare of those affected by prostate cancer, increase investment in research, and raise public and political awareness of a long-neglected disease. It merged with Prostate Action in 2012 and became Prostate Cancer UK. Since then, it has grown in size, strength, and influence.