Essex 'poor' for prostate cancer care

Charlton Athletic players wearing Prostate Cancer UK campaign tops before a game Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

There are "vast variations" in the care prostate cancer sufferers receive across England, a charity says, as it revealed the best and poorest performing health regions in the country.

Prostate Cancer UK said that many men in the West Midlands and Essex are receiving poor prostate cancer care and support while the majority who live in Greater Manchester are getting optimal care.

"It is an outrage that men face a postcode lottery in the care and support they need to navigate the minefield that is the prostate cancer treatment journey.

There are over 215,000 men living with the disease in England and this number is set to rise at an alarming rate. To help combat this, it is vital that every man has access to world class information, care and support they need and deserve - no matter where they live."

– Owen Sharp, Chief Executive, Prostate Cancer UK

The charity's Quality of Care says that there is "is clear room for improvement" in the West Midlands and Essex, adding: " Their patient experience scores are at the bottom end of the scale in almost every measure."

"We want to make sure that our cancer services are world class and that NHS patients receive the best treatment available, wherever they live. This is why we have invested £35 million in the biggest publicly funded clinical trial ever to take place in this country to look at the effectiveness of treatments for prostate cancer."

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt