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As you may know, March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. I am writing to ask you to take action during this important month to help make high quality care a reality for all men with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. Every year 2,700 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and two men die from the disease every day. 19,000 men in Scotland are currently living with the disease. A recent survey of over 600 men with prostate cancer, carried out by The Prostate Cancer Charity, shows that men have different experiences of care across Scotland. For example, although many men were satisfied with the support they received after they were diagnosed, a third of men feel that they received “too little” support from the NHS to cope with their diagnosis. The survey found that these differences occurred at each stage of the prostate cancer journey. These differences are unacceptable – men everywhere deserve the same high quality prostate cancer care. I support The Prostate Cancer Charity’s “Quality Care. Everywhere” project, which addresses these issues. As part of the project, the Charity has been working with men affected by prostate cancer and their families, health professionals, politicians and others to develop some draft standards. To support this work, I would like you to: 1. Pledge to support the need for standards of quality prostate cancer care by emailing The Prostate Cancer Charity at firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 0141 314 0050. The Charity will showcase your support on its website. 2. Help make sure The Prostate Cancer Charity’s standards include the views of as many people affected by prostate cancer as possible. You can do this by: • Publicising the draft standards on your website and Facebook or tweeting the link: www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/takeaction • Writing to local prostate cancer support groups and clinics about this project The Charity can provide you with draft text. If this would be helpful, please contact them using the details above. Thank you for reading this letter. I would be grateful if you could let me know which of the actions set out above you will be taking. I look forward to hearing from you.
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