A new partnership has been launched to help fight the battles with prostate cancer faced by people in Northumberland.
Age UK Northumberland, Prostate Cancer UK and Northumbria Healthcare Trust have joined forces to ensure that men in the county over 50 have full access to a wide range of support services should they be diagnosed.
Work is also being done to ensure that men don’t hesitate in visiting their GP if they have any signs or symptoms.
Over 40,000 men a year are now diagnosed with prostate cancer, and last year in Northumberland 60 men lost their lives to the disease.
However, prostate cancer can often be successfully treated if caught early enough, which is why awareness of the disease and its risk factors is important if numbers are going to be reduced.
The launch event saw a mix of Age UK Northumberland staff, health professionals, those affected by prostate cancer and local dignitaries such as the Mayor of Ashington come together at The RoundHouse in Ashington.
Steve Rowntree of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common of male cancers and 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed at some point in their lifetime.
“More than 10,000 men die from it every year in the UK. However if the disease is caught early enough, many men can go on to live for many years.
“This partnership allows us to deliver much needed on the ground support within the communities in Northumberland.
“More men and their families will be able to access vital support and information around areas covering health & travel insurance, benefits and local activities.
“The partnership is an important step and we are looking forward to helping more men in the area enjoy a better quality of life.”
Tracy Collins of Age UK Northumberland added: “This is a very exciting partnership and shows the depth of commitment to help men and their families living with prostate cancer in Northumberland access valuable support services.”
All Age UK Northumberland personnel from Home Care Attendants, through to management, wellbeing staff and volunteers have now been trained in prostate cancer awareness so they can actively target men and their families to access the services on offer.
If you would like more information on the support that is available to men in the county around prostate cancer then please call into The Roundhouse in Ashington for information leaflets or call (01670) 784821.
More information on Prostate Cancer UK and Movember, which raises funds for the charity can be found at www.prostatecanceruk.org and www.movember.com
Prostate Cancer UK provides a specialist nurse helpline available on 0800 074 8383 for anyone with concerns about prostate cancer.