MSP urges new action to fight deadly disease

Margaret Mitchell MSP
Margaret Mitchell MSP

Margaret Mitchell MSP has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its bid to tackle claimed injustices faced by sufferers and those at risk.

The charity’s Men United v Prostate Cancer - Five Inequalities, Five Solutions’ campaign is part of the second phase of the charity’s Men United campaign, which uses the language of sport to engage men in the battle against the disease.

Mrs Mitchell, who is central Scotland Conservative list MSP met men and women whose lives have been directly or indirectly touched by prostate cancer at an event at Holyrood.

There she heardfirst hand about the inequalities men are said to face, and to show her support for Prostate Cancer UK’s calls.

She said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is predicted to be the most common cancer overall by 2030.

“Despite this, men and their families continue to face difficulties relating to awareness of risk factors, treatments and support, geography, age, and ethnicity.”

She added: “Whilst I am delighted that progress has already been made, with the Scottish Government agreeing to the charity’s call to introduce robot assisted surgery and a Scottish national cancer patient experience survey, there is more to be done.

“This includes the formal incorporation of prostate cancer in the Detect Cancer Early initiative, increased GP and public awareness of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test and the development of national guidelines on the management of the potentially life-changing side effects of prostate cancer treatment, such as erectile dysfunction.

“I want to ensure that all men in Scotland have the information, treatment options and support they need to tackle this terrible disease.”