A CANCER survivor from Sheffield joined forces with a national charity to highlight the importance of raising awareness of the disease at a meeting in Westminster.
Denton Wilson and representatives from the Prostate Cancer Charity spoke to ministers, MPs and other decision makers at a panel discussion about the potential impact of NHS reforms held at the House of Commons.
It was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer and coincided with Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
Denton, who has been successfully treated for the disease, quizzed the panel about what the government was doing to let African Caribbean men know abot their increased risk of prostate cancer.
The 55-year-old, of Shoreham Street, city centre, said: “I was really pleased to be invited to the House of Commons.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and more men are living with disease than ever before.
“As someone who has experienced prostate cancer, I know how vital it is that information, support and advice are available. This is even more crucial for African Caribbean men, like me, who are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.
“My father died of prostate cancer when I was 42 years old. If he had more information about this cancer he might still be alive today.
“I only went to my GP when I found out my father had this disease. It is crucial that more men are aware of the disease.
“With the NHS reforms I’m concerned that men won’t get the information they need about prostate cancer. We need government support to ensure this doesn’t happen.”