Television presenter Noel Edmonds has made a special video to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Bristol and promote a fund-raising run to be held on The Downs in September.
Noel took time out from recording Deal or No deal in the city to make the special video that has been posted on YouTube urging people to take part in the five kilometre Run For The Future event on September 14, which has raised over £250,000 since it was first held nine years ago.
He said: ““Having personally known people who have been affected by prostate cancer I’m urging people to sign up to Run For the Future; not only is it going to be a fun day out, the best bit is all the money raised stays in Bristol to help people in our local area."
"Every year in the UK 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Every year 11,000 men die of prostate cancer. The mortality rate is very similar to that of breast cancer except prostate cancer only receives 25 per cent of the research funding and there is a much lower awareness."
“We are very fortunate that we have the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital. It is an excellent centre but they desperately need more research funds.”
Run for The Future is organised by Bristol Rotarians and this year they intend to support the aspirations of the BUI to establish a Prostate Cancer Biobank in Bristol. The Biobank will store samples from men with prostate cancers, allowing the BUI to study the processes which actually cause the cancers.
Ian Beattie, organiser of this year’s event, said: “The BUI aim to find markers which more accurately identify those men with significant cancer and ultimately develop new treatments. It is fantastic to have the backing of high profile people like Noel Edmonds."
“In general men’s knowledge of their prostate and prostate cancer is very limited and given that in the early stages there are often no symptoms, raising awareness is very important. The run raises both funds and awareness of prostate cancer. People can register to take part in the run now. It is going to be a fantastic fun day.”
Local businesses, including Spire Bristol Hospital, the James Tudor Foundation, Renishaw, Bakers Dolphin, Latcham Direct and This is Focus are backing this year’s event, which will include music before the race and stalls for families and supporters to enjoy while the run is underway.
Registrations can be made at www.runforthefuture.org.