Stand By Your Man blog: Patrick Campbell

Meet our prostate cancer blogger Patrick. He's had first hand experience of the condition, and speaks to us candidly about his fight.

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Prostate cancer survivors spark inspiration for film

A new film with an all-star cast is aiming to raise awareness of prostate cancer by telling the story of a cancer support group.

The inspiration behind the film comes from members of a real support group - one of many across the country - who meet in north London to speak about their experiences.

Between them they hope to encourage more men to talk openly about a disease that one in eight of all men will be diagnosed with at some point in their lives.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones went to meet them:

Read: Men need to be more like women and get wise on cancer

Read about the Stand By Your Man pledge here.

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Sir John Hall speaks about coping with life with cancer

Someone who has experienced the shock of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is the former Newcastle United chairman and the man behind the Metro Centre, businessman Sir John Hall.

Sir John spoke candidly to ITV News Tyne Tees at his family's estate about how he is coping with life as a cancer patient, the strength he gets from his wife Lady Mae and the importance of an early diagnosis.

Watch the full interview with Pam Royle here:

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Cancer sufferer encourages men to get tested

In the run-up to Father's Day, ITV is running a campaign with charity Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness of the disease, which kills at least one man every hour.

Bill Arthur was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a routine medical examination.

The 56-year-old, who lives in Newark in Nottinghamshire, had shown no symptoms and thought he was fit and healthy.

Bill, who works as a Rugby League presenter, is now undergoing a two year treatment plan.

He wants to use his story to encourage more men to go to the doctors and be tested.

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Father with prostate cancer died after fatal reaction to treatment

Prostate cancer kills 1,600 men in London every year.

Today, ITV in conjuction with Prostate Cancer UK launches "Stand By Your Man" which is an initiative aimed at saving lives.

ITV News London have been speaking to a family in Wandsworth, whose father had prostate cancer and who died because of a rare fatal reaction to his chemotherapy treatment.

Charles Dance urges men to have simple test

Charles Dance, the actor and supporter of the Stand By Your Man Campaign, has encouraged men to have a "very simple, routine test" for prostate cancer.

"A lot of men live with the symptoms and hope that it's going to go away, or just be certainly reluctant to talk about it." the 67-year-old said before urging men to go for the test.

The Game of Thrones actor said the new film Father's Day, which he describes as "beautifully written", aims to raise awareness of the issue.

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Tamsin Outhwaite: We need to make more people aware

Actress Tamsin Outhwaite has backed the Stand By Your Man campaign, saying not enough people are aware of the dangers of prostate cancer.

Despite labelling the statistics "horrific", the actress said that people need to realise it is a very treatable cancer.

Ms Outhwaite's father Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and was successfully treated.

The actress urged men to recognise the signs and get checked out: "Look at what the symptoms are, get yourself checked out and anyone else that you think might have it - in the same way the guy did for my Dad - tell them, inform them. Keep informing people."

Read: What you need to know about prostate cancer

Read about the Stand By Your Man pledge here.

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