The number of men dying from prostate cancer in the United Kingdom has reached an all-time high, according to the most recent figures.
Statistics reveal that there were 12,031 deaths from the disease in 2017, compared to 11,637 the previous year and 11,307 in 2014.
The increase is not due to prostate cancer becoming more deadly, but is largely due to the aging of the population.
This means that more men are diagnosed with the disease.
In 2017, 48,561 men were recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, compared with 48,523 the previous year and 47,864 in 2014.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the United Kingdom and will become the form of the disease commonly diagnosed in general by 2030.
A man diagnosed this year has much more chance of survival than a man diagnosed a decade ago, but an increasing number of the disease means a corresponding increase in deaths.
Prostate Cancer UK, which analyzed data from the Office of National Statistics, said there are two main barriers to reducing the number of deaths.
The charity said they have a late diagnosis and that the cancer is coming back.
Only 47% of men are diagnosed at an early stage, while men whose cancer is believed to be curable can often see it coming back.
Angela Culhane, executive director of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “By 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common diagnosis of all cancers in the United Kingdom.
“Before reaching this point, we must ensure that as many of these men as possible are detected early prostate cancer and treated successfully, so that the disease does not shorten their lives.”
“The fact that deaths from the disease are still reaching record levels serves as a clear reminder of the work that remains to be done.”
Prostate Cancer UK said its research plans seek a better and earlier diagnosis, including the possibility of introducing an NHS screening program.
He is also working on improved treatments and a greater understanding of prostate cancer.
The journalist and ambassador of the United Kingdom against prostate cancer, Bill Turnbull, said: “As someone who was diagnosed with prostate cancer once it has spread, I am very aware of how important it is to find ways to improve diagnosis and treatment so that in the future lives are not interrupted by this disease.
“In the two years since I made my illness public, I had the opportunity to meet so many brilliant people who are doing everything possible to fight prostate cancer.”
“From researchers to health professionals, fundraisers and volunteers, it has been very inspiring.
“However, there is still a lot to do. If everyone across the country does something to support Prostate Cancer UK this year, then we can have a big impact.”
“We must maintain the momentum until prostate cancer is no longer a danger to thousands of men every year.”