RECORD numbers of British men are being killed by prostate cancer.
More than 12,000 die every year from the disease — the most common cancer in males.
But most cases are still being picked up too late, making them harder to treat, campaigners say.
Angela Culhane, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We absolutely must ensure that as many of these men as possible have their prostate cancer caught early and successfully treated.
“The fact that deaths from the disease are still reaching record highs is a stark reminder of the work yet to do.”
More than 48,500 British men are affected by prostate cancer annually.
The disease killed 12,031 sufferers in 2017 — up by nearly a fifth from ten years earlier.
By contrast, breast cancer deaths are falling. Only 47 per cent of prostate cases are identified early, when tumours are easier to beat.
Ministers have vowed to improve early detection to 75 per cent by 2028.
TV presenter Bill Turnbull, a Prostate Cancer UK ambassador, said: “More still needs to be done.
"We must keep up the momentum until prostate cancer is no longer a danger to thousands of men every year.”
An NHS spokesman said: “The survival rate for prostate cancer is now at a record high of 86 per cent — despite the NHS dealing with an ageing population.”
It comes as a Spanish study suggested that more than 1,300 Britons get bladder cancer each year because of chlorination of tap water, a Spanish study suggests.
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