March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Publish Date: 02/03/2013

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and its incidence is significantly higher in men over 50. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed every year and around 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.

Some of these men will be gay or bisexual.

While there is currently no evidence to suggest that gay and bisexual men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, if you are in a relationship with another man, you are twice as likely as a heterosexual man or woman to have to deal with prostate cancer in your lifetime; as both partners will have a prostate gland.

1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, and the disease and its associated treatments can affect gay and bisexual men differently. It is therefore important to discuss these issues with your health professional.

There is currently little research available on how prostate cancer affects gay and bisexual men’s quality of life. This lack of research is reflected in a deficit of patient information and support services tailored towards the specific needs of gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer. Patient information can also be written in a manner that assumes heterosexuality.

New Report on Gay & Bisexual men’s needs

A new report by Prostate Cancer UK and Stonewall explores the needs of gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer andmakes a number of specific short and long-term recommendations to meet the needs of gay and bisexual men.You can read more about that here 

New Manchester Support Group 

The LGF and Prostate Cancer UK recognise that prostate cancer can affect gay and bisexual men differently to heterosexual men and are working in partnership to set up a support group in Manchester. If you are a gay or bisexual man affected by prostate cancer, or if you would like to be part of a social and support group that offers a safe and confidential environment to discuss your concerns and experiences with other men dealing with similar problems,this group is for you.

The group will meet on the first Saturday of each month beginning in April 2013 (2-4pm) at The LGF's Community  Reosurce Centre. To find out more e-mail: groups@lgf.org.uk

Outside Manchester?

If you do not live locally and are willing to travel to attend the group, but may not be able to due to financial reasons then Prostate Cancer UK can help pay towards your travel costs. Contact Ann MacEwan, Prostate Cancer UK's support groups manager, for more information. Email:ann.macewan@prostatecanceruk.org Tel:0141 314 0050

And remember…if you are a gay or bisexual man all of Prostate Cancer UK services are open to you. Visit: http://prostatecanceruk.org/  or call 0800 074 8383.