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9 out of 10 prostate cancer patients survive over five years compared to just 1 in 3 in 1976

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Nine out of ten prostate cancer patients survive over five years compared to just one in three in 1976

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More men are surviving prostate cancer than ever before thanks to huge strides in the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.

Forty years ago the outlook for a prostate cancer patient was vastly different from today. In 1976, a little over one in three men diagnosed with prostate cancer (35%) survived the disease over five years. Today, five-year survival rates for prostate cancer in Ireland have risen to nine in ten (90.6%).

However, more needs to be done to improve survival rates, particularly for men with metastatic prostate cancer, while also working on ways to improve the lives of men surviving the disease who often suffer a reduced quality of life.

For the past nine years the Irish Cancer Society has partnered with the Movember Foundation Ireland in investing in Irish research projects which aim to tackle these issues. The Movember community across Ireland is encouraged to again raise vital life-saving funds that will mean we can continue to invest in prostate cancer research, as well as advocacy and services.

According to Professor Ray McDermott, Consultant Medical Oncologist at Tallaght and St Vincent’s University Hospitals, Dublin and Clinical Director with prostate cancer research initiative iPROSPECT:

“The increase in survival rates for prostate cancer patients over recent decades is a testament to the work of research scientists in Ireland and across the globe. They have worked tirelessly in their battle against this disease and have saved countless lives.

“But survival rates only show one side of the journey a patient with this disease goes through. For survivors, their diagnosis and treatment often impacts their physical and mental wellbeing in ways men rarely speak openly about.

“Cancer research can address these impacts through studying survivors’ own experiences and finding ways to personalise their treatment and care. That is why investment in cancer research by the Irish Cancer Society and Movember – funded through you, the public – is so essential.”

Movember- get involved

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.

It’s time to take action…sooner rather than later. There are three ways you can raise money this Movember:

➔             Grow a moustache – Let your lip go free for 30 days

➔             Move – take a physical activity challenge during MOVEmber

➔             Host an event – run your own fundraiser

Head to Movember.com for more information and to sign up.