LONDON, October 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Prostate Research Campaign UK, the only UK charity fighting ALL prostate diseases, will in future be known as Prostate UK. The change of name to Prostate UK reinforces the charity's broad focus, offering not only information on all prostate diseases to patients, but also supporting vital medical research and additional training of all healthcare professionals involved in fighting these devastating diseases. Prostate UK should be the first port of call for the one in two UK men who will suffer from a prostate disease at some stage in their lives.

Prostate cancer is by far the most talked about prostate disease, killing around 10,000 men a year, often because it is not diagnosed early enough. Yet Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is certainly the most common prostate disease, a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, affecting nearly half of men over the age of 50. BPH often causes men extreme discomfort when urinating, severely affecting their quality of life. Prostatitis, a painful inflammation of the prostate, usually of bacterial origin, causes significant suffering in younger men.

The importance to press home messages about all prostate diseases to the public and healthcare professionals is supported at Prostate UK's Annual Lunch by the charity's Patron, HRH Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, guests including Sir Tom Courtenay and Mr Nick Ferrari and nearly 300 individuals, men and women who have been affected by one of the three main diseases.

As an active supporter of Prostate UK's work, Mr Nick Ferrari, "Mr London", stresses the importance of men seeking help for prostate disease at the earliest opportunity. Mr Ferrari was personally checked out last year on air by Kate Holmes, Nurse Specialist and Trustee of Prostate UK, and as a result of a simple PSA blood test, he was given the all clear. "Prostate disease is devastating for men, their partners and families if not picked up early enough. When Prostate UK drew to my attention that I could be a prime target because of my age, I was very keen to have the PSA diagnostic test to check for any signs of prostate disease. I didn't want to be one of those to go through needless suffering".

Kate Holmes confirms that: "Generally, we all know that men are reluctant to seek medical help. But in the case of prostate disease they owe it to themselves and those close to them to learn more about the danger signs and even without any such signs take responsibility for keeping up to date with regular health checks".

Chairman of Prostate UK, Professor Roger Kirby, Consultant Urologist, London says, "Although we are a relatively small charity we are a powerful organisation, offering patient and public information and advice on all prostate conditions. In 2006 Prostate UK issued 40,000 free information leaflets to the public, and this year we increased our research and training grants by 24% to the tune of over GBP607,000. We also trained over 400 GPs and Nurses with free seminars countrywide."

Brigadier John Anderson, CEO of Prostate UK, said, "Next month will see the launch of Prostate UK's first national and regional advertising campaign to capture the imagination of UK men and their families and alert them to all forms of prostate diseases. At Prostate UK we recognise the suffering caused not only by prostate cancer, but BPH and prostatitis too. Our Annual Luncheon is an opportunity for a good number of our supporters to gather and share their experiences of being affected at some stage in their lives by prostate disease. Many have such moving stories to tell".

Prostate UK can be accessed by visiting http://www.prostateuk.org or calling tel: +44-(0)20-8877-5840.

Prostate UK is the working name for Prostate Research Campaign UK, Registered Charity Number 1037063.

For further information, please contact: Janis Troup, Right Angle, email: janis.troup@rightangleuk.com Tel: +44-(0)20-8846-3171 / +44-(0)7885-020-828

For further information, please contact: Janis Troup, Right Angle, email: janis.troup@rightangleuk.com, Tel:+44-(0)20-8846-3171 / +44-(0)7885-020-828