UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced research and £75m funding to advance early and quick diagnosis of prostate cancer.

More than 60 clinical studies will be conducted to evaluate various treatment approaches including precise radiotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound and cryotherapy.

The studies will test different supportive interventions, including exercise and dietary advice.

Set to enroll more than 40,000 patients over the coming five years, research will focus on higher risk groups; men aged 50 and above, and those with a family history of the disease. This will be backed by £75m to support new research into early diagnosis and treatment.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network chief executive Dr Jonathan Sheffield said: “The NIHR will work closely with the NHS, life sciences industry, charities and research funders to support the recruitment of 40,000 men into research studies over the next five years.

“I’m clear the way to secure the NHS’s future is having a long-term plan, with sustainable multi-year funding.”

“This will provide more opportunities for earlier access to new drugs and therapies, which will ultimately lead to improved diagnoses and care in the future.”

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The announcement comes as the Prime Minister confirmed the government will come forward with a fully funded, long-term plan for the NHS this year.

The Prime Minister will meet with NHS staff during a visit to Cambridgeshire–the first in a series of discussions as the government works with the health service to develop the plan.

Theresa May said: “Now in its 70th year, our NHS has a bright future–since last November, we have already committed £10bn in new funding, including a new pay deal for one million NHS workers.

“In fact, as part of our balanced approach to managing the economy we have increased spending on the health service every year since 2010. But I’m clear the way to secure the NHS’s future is having a long-term plan, with sustainable multi-year funding.”

The NHS has recently piloted a ‘one-stop cancer shop’ initiative to speed-up cancer diagnosis and identify the disease in its early stages.