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Increase in prostate cancer cases

By John von Radowitz

Prostate cancer is now affecting more than 40,000 men a year in the UK, new figures have shown.

Prostate cancer is now affecting more than 40,000 men a year in the UK, new figures have shown.

The number of men dying from the disease each year remains unchanged, at about 10,000 a year.

In 2009, around 40,800 British men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, the charity Cancer Research UK reported. That compares with a figure of just 14,000 two decades earlier in 1989.

Prior to today's update, the figure most often quoted was 37,000.

Much of the increase is due to more men having blood tests for the prostate cancer biomarker Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), say experts.

Cancer Research UK's chief clinician Prof Peter Johnson said that there was an urgent need for new treatments for advanced prostate cancer.

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