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New Prostate Cancer Campaign Backed By Reds

Thursday November 7 2013




THE Reds are backing a new prostate cancer campaign which is aiming to raise awareness among Barnsley's men.

'Watch Yourself' is a council campaign in partnership with Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Barnsley Football Club.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, aiming to reach as many men in the town as possible.

The Reds will be warming up on home games in Watch Yourself T-shirts and wristbands that display the campaign's slogan.

Reds' goalkeeper Luke Steele said: "This is a campaign that's close to our hearts and we're keen to support it.

"We will do everything we can to reach out to our fan base and beyond, with the message that both cancers are treated, and even beatable, if they're detected early enough."

Dr Nick Balac, Barnsley CCG's chairman, said: "Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-44 years with almost half of all cases occurring in men under 35.

"It's important that men across Barnsley recognise the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer and feel confident to consult their GP as soon as they notice something unusual."

Symptoms for testicular cancer include lumps and swelling and sharp pains, whereas symptoms for prostate cancer include abnormalities when urinating, doing it more often and dribbling once finished.

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Reply Posted by anon on Thursday November 7 2013 at 17:26
I hope they make Barnsley A&E aware of this campaign. I went there (on a Sat afternoon) passing blood, they sent me home saying I'd receive an appointment in the post. Two months later I was finally diagnosed with cancer, a month later it was cut out. I found out (reading the Macmillan info) that when cancer is suspected, there is a duty to treat it with 30 days.

It's OK making Joe Public aware, what about the response when we do seek early treatment? Too much emphasis on A&E waiting stats?

Not best pleased carrying a lump of cancer (the size of my fist) around for longer than necessary. My advice to anyone passing blood is to avoid being bumped into administration, it's a specialist Doctor you need to see, not an appointment clerk. GPs are apparently powerless to expedite treatment.

Rant over.

Reply Posted by Mascot on Friday November 8 2013 at 16:01
Barnsley CCG's chairman, said: "Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-44 years with almost half of all cases occurring in men under 35."

I can tell by his name and title he knows what he is talking about.