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Calls to break down male cancer taboos

14th June 2007

A greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of male cancer is needed, according to the Institute of Cancer Research.

Male cancer is often a taboo subject, particularly in relation to prostate and testicular cancer, but increased awareness is said to be crucial for the early detection of such diseases.

The results of a survey by the charity revealed that one third of men would be too embarrassed to discuss their prostate cancer concerns with a friend and just one in ten thought men were informed about male health issues to the extent that women are about female health.

Hannah Crabtree, a spokesperson at the Everyman Campaign, part of the charity, said: "We believe more men are becoming aware of prostate and testicular cancer, but further awareness is needed.

"Testicular cancer is 99 per cent curable if it is caught in the early stages so awareness and early detection can really save lives.

"Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK, with more than 32,000 men being diagnosed each year and around 10,000 men dying from the disease."