Throughout Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week a range of activities are taking place, with a focus on Prostate Cancer, including:
Launch of the ‘Prostate Cancer – Britain’s Growing Problem’ report
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It is predicated to become the most common cancer in the UK by 2030.
We have published a new report – ‘Prostate Cancer: Britain’s Growing Problem’ – to coincide with Male Cancer Awareness Week. The report presents current and future data regarding prostate cancer incidence and commentary regarding the key issues from some of the UK’s leading experts in this field. It also sets out a series of urgent calls to action in relation to diagnosis, treatment and patient care.
You can download a copy of the report here or contact the office on 020 3745 7310 to order a copy.
‘Men’s Attitude to Prostate Cancer Risk’ survey
Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer with over 47,300 cases diagnosed per year. Prostate cancer kills more than 1 man an hour in the UK equating to 11,300 men every year.
An independent survey ‘Men’s Attitude to Prostate Cancer Risk’ commissioned by Orchid and released to coincide with Male Cancer Awareness Week, highlights a worrying lack of awareness amongst men of prostate cancer, its symptoms and risk factors.
Of particular concern is the lack of awareness amongst those men at potential high risk of developing prostate cancer – men aged over 50, black African and black Caribbean men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
The survey also reveals that:
- 31.4% of UK men say that they know nothing about prostate cancer
- 60.4% of men say they are not confident in identifying the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer
- 74% of men are not aware that prostate cancer most commonly affects men aged over 50
- 73.3% of men do not know that ethnicity affects their risk of developing prostate cancer
- 57% of black African and black Caribbean men were not aware that ethnicity affected their risk of developing prostate cancer
- 38.3% of men don’t think that having a family member with prostate cancer affects their own risk of developing the disease
‘F.A.C.E. up to prostate cancer’ campaign
We have launched our ‘F.A.C.E. up to prostate cancer’ campaign to encourage men to think about and be aware of four key risk factors associated with the development of prostate cancer:
Family history – having a brother or father with prostate cancer may double a man’s risk compared to men with no family history of the disease
Age – the older a man gets the greater the risk, with prostate cancer most commonly affecting men over the age of 50
Change in urinary habits – changes in urinary habits are not always a sign of prostate cancer but they can be a symptom
Ethnicity – black African and black Caribbean men are at double the risk of developing prostate cancer than other men and may develop the disease earlier too, most commonly affecting men from this group over 45.
We are asking men who are affected by any of these risk factors to consider having a conversation with their GP about prostate cancer and urge anyone who experiences a change in urinary habits and thinks they are at risk to seek medical advice.
Click here for the ‘F.A.C.E. up to prostate cancer’ poster. You can also order copies from the Orchid office by calling 020 3745 7310.
Roadshows and health information events
Our popular community Roadshows and health information events will be taking place in town centres across the UK including:
- Great Yarmouth – 9 April
- Nottingham – 12 & 13 April
- Glasgow – 16 April
Orchid River Run
The annual Orchid River Run (5k and 10k) takes place on the evening of Wednesday, 11 April. Join runners for a beautiful run along the River Thames, starting and finishing at Paternoster Square outside St Paul’s.
For more information and to sign up to the event click here
Get involved and help raise awareness of male cancers
There are many ways you can support Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week. We can provide you with free information leaflets, Factsheets, resource packs, newsletters and display materials. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3745 7310.
A new Male Cancer Awareness Week poster has been designed for use in companies, health centres, schools, colleges, libraries, sports centres and shopping centres. Click here to download the poster.