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Identical twin brothers develop prostate cancer at the same time

Every 45 minutes a man dies from prostate cancer. That's more than 11,500 men in the UK every year, and the number of cases is rising. Yet many men are still ignoring symptoms and are reluctant to seek treatment.

Identical twins, Peter and Colin White, were diagnosed with prostate cancer at the same time. They've decided to share their story in the hope it may save lives.

  • Kerry Swain has been to Southampton to meet them:

Their lifestyles are different. Colin likes a beer, Peter prefers tea - but these twins are genetically identical and when one developed prostate cancer, so did the other.

Men are two and half times more likely to get prostate cancer if their brother or father has it, but the exact timing of the illness in these twins was extraordinary.

The cancer in both twins was aggressive but contained.

They choose different treatments: Peter surgery, Colin radiotherapy.

  • Peter and Colin White- identical twins
  • Prostate Cancer in numbers:
47,740
New cases of prostate cancer, 2014-2016 average, UK
11,631
Deaths from prostate cancer, 2016, UK
84%
Survive prostate cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Preventable cases of prostate cancer are not known as it is not clearly linked to any preventable risk factors.

Side effects of prostate cancer treatment can include urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Prostate Cancer UK say research into genetic risks that are associated with prostate cancer are still going on to try and understand who is likely to get the disease.

  • Dr David Montgomery- Prostate Cancer UK

One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, including one in four black men.

Cases rose by more than 1100 between 2016 and 2017.

The twins believe being open is the key to saving lives.

18 months after diagnosis both twins are cancer free but continue to be monitored.

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