About Our Charity
The Prostate Project is a rapidly growing charity run largely by volunteers. In the past 15 years we have raised over £6 million and helped The Royal Surrey County Hosptal achieve ‘Centre of Excellence’ status in the treatment of prostate cancer. We pride ourselves in having administration costs of less than 3% – far below the average 20% lost to administration by most UK charities. Our mission is, and always will be, to give men a better chance of beating prostate cancer. As a result of our work, and that of others around the world, men diagnosed today with prostate cancer are many times more likely to be cured, or at least have their lives significantly extended, than was the case 10 years ago.
Some of the discoveries our research team are working on are mind boggling in their complexity yet shocking in their simplicity. A simple protein that will ‘switch off’ cancer cells and cause their death, a new vaccine that can seek and destroy cancer cells, a virus that can replicate itself inside cancer cells causing them to burst and die, and a protein discovered in urine that can detect cancer cells 50% more accurately than the current 30 year old PSA test.
These, together with other clinical and research achievements by our hospital based team of consultants, specialist nurses and technicians have been internationally recognized and earned a reputation for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. One of the elements, pivotal to their continued success, is a state of the art NHS Urology Centre and the funds we are raising will help make this a reality.
Much of this work requires expensive clinical and laboratory trials to gain peer recognition and NICE(National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) approval – the ultimate goal. You can help us achieve this. Every contribution, no matter how small, is another step on the road to saving more of the 10,000 lives that are lost every year to prostate cancer.
The continuing aims of the Project are:
- To increase the awareness, particularly amongst men, of the existence of prostate cancer, its symptoms and its potential adverse effect
- To encourage wider recognition of the symptoms of the disease and swifter action in seeking GP’s advice
- To fund state of the art equipment and specialist staff to support Urologists in achieving early diagnosis and rapid treatment
- To push forward the boundaries of knowledge about prostate cancer by initiating a world class programme of research
- Or in one sentence:
Giving men a better chance of beating prostate cancer