Leading Scots have been given their backing to a new improved service for men and their families affected by prostate cancer.
The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland and Prostate Cancer Support Scotland are to join forces with the common aim of providing improved support services for men and their families affected by the disease.
Six local support groups from across the country will now come under the banner of The Prostate Cancer Charity in Scotland. The move will bring together knowledge and expertise and ensure that all men in Scotland have access to good quality information and support to help them cope with the impact of the disease.
Lord David Steel, who had the disease, and singer Sharleen Spiteri who supported her father through his treatment, say the new support service will provide better access to help and information.
Sharleen Spiteri said: "If you're a man and you don't have a family round about you and you don't have a wife or a daughter who will drag you kicking and screaming to the doctor, you have got to have that option.
"It seems very easy to have access and that is the most important thing, men being able to access information that they need and to be able to speak to people who can guide them through it."
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in Scottish males, with over 2,500 newly diagnosed cases every year. There are 19,000 Scottish men currently living with the disease.
Research from The Prostate Cancer Charity has found that many men in Scotland are being left to cope with the impact of the disease on their own and are not getting services that could help them cope better. However, it is being hoped that the new move will vastly improve this situation.
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