Men urged to be aware of cancer

Steven Cunliffe, Paul Atkinson and Ben West, who were just some of the men who attended one of the events organised by Bridgewater to raise awareness of testicular cancer
Steven Cunliffe, Paul Atkinson and Ben West, who were just some of the men who attended one of the events organised by Bridgewater to raise awareness of testicular cancer
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WIGAN health chiefs are backing a campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer, particularly among men with learning disabilities.

As part of Orchid’s Male Cancer Awareness Week, the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust hosted events across the borough last week to raise awareness of testicular cancer among men who have learning disabilities.

Orchid - the male cancer charity - estimates that over 2,000 men every year in the UK are affected by testicular cancer. Despite having a cure rate of over 98 per cent if caught early enough, the charity highlights in over 25 per cent of cases the disease will have spread before diagnosis.

Andrew Hogg, an Assistant Practitioner with the Primary Health Team and Therapies Team at Bridgewater, said: “Despite testicular cancer being the most common cancer among young men aged 15 – 45, unfortunately many men are still not as aware of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer as they are of other cancers.

“Bridgewater hopes that by producing this easy read booklet on testicular cancer and hosting awareness events across the borough with local community groups we can encourage more men with learning disabilities to check themselves regularly.”

Bridgewater has produced an easy read booklet for people with learning disabilities on testicular cancer which trust staff promoted at a variety of events last week held in partnership with community groups.

The events took place at locations such as Robin Park Arena, Sports and Tennis Centre, Future Steps Development Centre in Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh College and local venues in Hindley, Golborne and Marsh Green.

Fordetails about this initiative, contact Bridgewater’s Learning Disability Service in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan on 01942 482543.