Prostate cancer is UK’s biggest man killer, causing more than 10,000 men’s deaths in the UK each year, and almost 1,000 in the West Midlands alone.
Prostate Cancer UK recently launched their Men United campaign which will run all year and aims to unite men in the fight against prostate cancer and raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms and funds for important research.
As part of the campaign, the charity is holding a Survivorship Conference on Saturday 1st March and they are inviting men from across the midlands to attend with their families. The event will give men the chance to share tips and advice about living with the disease as well as offering them the opportunity to speak to experts about it and the side effects of treatments.
One in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and it mainly affects men over the age of 50. Not only that but you are considered at a higher risk if you are of African-Caribbean descent or over 50, with your risk increasing with age.
Adrian Hockin, who runs The White House Prostate Cancer Support Group in Dudley, was diagnosed with secondary prostate cancer in 2008 at the age of 49. Since being diagnosed Adrian has worked hard to raise awareness of the disease as much as possible.
Adrian says: “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer without any of the typical symptoms when I was only 49 years old. It isn’t just a cancer for old men. Sadly, this disease doesn’t share the same profile as breast cancer, yet it is as big a problem and affects nearly as many people.
“We men think that we’re invincible and we never talk about weakness, but our biggest weakness is not being able to talk about the disease that affects so many of us. This needs change. I strongly urge men in the Midlands affected by prostate cancer to unite and come down to the conference to talk to others affected by the disease, share experiences and learn from experts.”
The Midlands Prostate Cancer Survivorship Conference will take place on Saturday 1 March from 10am-4pm at The Old Library, The Custard Factory, Birmingham.