'Turnbull and Fry' effect on prostate cancer hailed by NHS

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Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have been praised by NHS Chief.
Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have been praised by NHS Chief.

Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have been hailed by the NHS for speaking openly about their battles with prostate cancer.

NHS chief Simon Stevens thanked broadcaster Stephen Fry and former BBC presenter Bill Turnbull for urging others to seek help for prostate cancer treatment and symptoms.

“The Turnbull and Fry effect could help save lives.

“A debt of gratitude is owed to Bill Turnbull and Stephen Fry for the work they have done to urge men to seek medical advice if they think something isn’t right,” Stevens said.

Both celebrities have received treatment for prostate cancer this year.

Stephen Fry had surgery for prostate cancer in February this year. (PA Images)
Stephen Fry had surgery for prostate cancer in February this year. (PA Images)

Figures of patients seeking treatment for a urological cancer have increased since Fry and Turnbull publicly discussed their health battles and urged others to seek help.

Between April to July 2018, there was an 36% increase in patients compared to the same period in 2017.

While the NHS prostate cancer advice page saw a 250% increase in March 2018. This directly coincides with when Turnbill publicly spoke about suffering from the disease.

Stevens said the NHS will be investing £10 million to cope with the increased capacity of patients seeking treatment for urological cancers.

“This additional investment will help ensure the NHS can manage this jump in demand, so that all people with suspected cancer are tested and treated quickly,” he said.

Fry publicly thanked Stevens on Twitter, but added that the ‘gratitude should go’ to all the medical professionals that helped himself and Turnbull battle the disease.

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