Campaign to save lives of Bristol men

Posted on Tuesday August 12 2014 11:36 AM

A campaign to make men in the Bristol area more aware of prostate cancer will be held for the first time this September.

The two-week awareness campaign will culminate in the 5k Run For The Future event on The Downs on Sunday September 14.

The campaign, which is supported by Noel Edmonds, is being organised by the prostate cancer care charity based at Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital, Bristol where hundreds of men from throughout the region receive treatment every year.

It is being backed by Bristol city council and Bristol Rotarians, who have held the Run For The Future event every year since 2006.

David Miller, organiser of the Bristol and District Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign, said: “Each year 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 11,000 men die. We are extremely lucky in Bristol to have the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for prostate cancer treatment.

“Robotic surgery is carried out in the city and so far over 1000 men’s lives have been saved through a combination of early diagnosis and the application of this high technology surgery.

“About the same number of men are affected by prostate cancer as women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and yet there is no screening programme for men. There are some simple tests that can be carried out to find out if you are at risk and the campaign is encouraging men over 50 years old to get themselves informed and tested.”

Posters and awareness leaflets are being placed in places where men go as part of the campaign, including barber’s shops, golf clubs, GP surgeries, pharmacies and garages, together with a programme of information displays and awareness talks. A media awareness campaign is also planned on television and radio in the area.

Then on Sunday September 14 everyone is invited to join in the fun run, which will kick off with music and stalls on The Downs. Anyone can register for the run at www.runforthefuture.org.

Survivors of prostate cancer, people running in memory of those who have died and medical professionals will be among the hundreds of runners taking part in the event, which starts with stalls being set up at 10 am and music from 11 am and a warm-up before a mass start of runners at Noon.

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