An international campaign encouraging men to face up to the risks and realities of cancer is about to hit Doncaster this month.
The St John’s Information Service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), will be out and about around the borough providing information and advice in support of the Blue September campaign, which aims to raise awareness of all cancers and the lifestyle choices that men can make to reduce their risk.
Joanne O’Marr, who manages the service said: “Around 81,000 men die from a cancer-related condition each year, and about 154,000 are newly diagnosed.
“Compared to women, men are 40 per cent more likely to die of cancer and 60% more likely to develop lung or bowel cancer.
“These statistics show that it’s time for men to face up to cancer.”
The service operates across the whole of Doncaster from its base at St John’s Information and Support Centre. During September members of the team will be visiting a number of venues, targeting men and providing access to information and advice on all aspects of cancer including awareness, screening, prevention and early symptom recognition.
They will also offer support to people, including patients, family members and friends, who are affected by cancer and provide information on diagnosis, types of treatment, financial matters, carer issues, survivorship and emotional support.
Joanne added: “We want all men to be as informed as possible when it comes to lifestyle choices, cancer prevention and spotting the early signs of the disease, so we encourage local men to come along and talk to us when they see us out and about.”
Look out for the team at a location near you:
· Tuesday September 17 (10am to noon) at the Flying Scotsman Centre, St Sepulchre Gate West
· Wednesday September 18 (9am to 11.30am) at the Vermuyden Centre, Fieldside, Thorne
· Friday September 20 (9.30am to 1.30pm) at Mexborough Indoor Market
· Tuesday September 24 (10am to noon), Thursday 26 and Monday September 30 (9.30am to 12.30pm) in the Outpatients Department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.