Deaths from prostate cancer could soar unless urgent action is taken

Prostate Cancer UK Daily Mail

Prostate Cancer UK have warned that deaths from prostate cancer could soar by 30% unless urgent action is taken to tackle late diagnosis and poor treatment. These factors are contributing to high mortality rates, currently at 10,900 per year in Britain. Both the charity and many medical professionals predict with an ageing population by 2026, this figure will rise to at least 14,500. Last week the national charity launched a 10 year plan to improve how prostate cancer is identified and treated. First on the agenda is to introduce a reliable and accurate test for detecting prostate cancer. Currently the screening process involves men under-going a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test which is then followed up by…

Challenging run for men’s cancer research

challenging run for men's cancer research

  Men Matter supporter Annette Heyes is set to complete a challenging run for men’s cancer research. Determined Annette taking part in the SF10 Race, a 10 mile route which re-creates the CFT (Combat Fitness Test) across the North Wales countryside. The CFT is a test which all soldiers have to undertake once a year in their service as evidence they are fit and able enough to cover ground whilst fully laden with all their kit required to eat, sleep and fight. A self-confessed running novice, Annette is looking forward to putting herself to the test in support of her brother-in-law who was treated for and over came testicular cancer. Following a successful 5k run in the…

National Prostate Cancer Screening for the UK

National Prostate Cancer Screening

Kevin Vardy has terminal prostate cancer. In his words, it needn’t be terminal. It could have easily been prevented. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and 11,000 will die from it. Kevin believes the fact there is no national screening for men’s health, be it testicular cancer or prostate cancer, is to blame. As a result he has started a petition and in just a few weeks has amassed over 50,000 signatures! You can view the petition and read more about Kevin’s story by following the link below. A lot of people who have signed the petition also included their comments. Stories of men asking their GP for a PSA test but being…

A lasting legacy in the name of research for male cancer

research for male cancer

It was with deep sadness that our Men Matter Administrator announced that one of the fund’s biggest and loyal supporters – her father Eric Collins – lost his fight with prostate cancer and passed away in October 2014. However, the family are very proud to report of an everlasting legacy to Eric by way of the donations received at his funeral and with the help of Men Matter. At the request of Professor Noel Clarke and Dr Mick Brown, Research Fellow (Genito Urinary Cancer Research Group – Institute of Cancer Services) at The Paterson Institute, the family purchased two hard drives, each with 12TB (terabytse) of storage to aid research for male cancer. These vital…

‘Formula Fun’ Cycling Event for Prostate Cancer

Cycling Event for Prostate Cancer

A sponsored cycle ride at Three Sisters Race Circuit in Wigan raised funds for our charity last week. The ‘Formula Fun’ family cycling event took place on Monday 15th June following an arrangement between Wigan Rotary Club and organisers, Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust. The event now in its fifth year helps Wigan Rotary Club raise money for prostate cancer research. The free family friendly event opened up the mile long circuit at Three Sisters to cyclists of all ages and abilities with the unique opportunity of cycling around the track. There were plenty of other activities going on for the whole family to enjoy.  All the money raised will be donated Men…

Geoff Scargill, Men Matter’s biggest male cancer fundraiser

male cancer fundraiser

We’ve told you about the Scargill family on many occasions. They are without doubt our biggest and most dedicated fundraisers. And with good reason. Not one, but two of the family have overcome a male cancer, on more than one occasion. The whole family feels the need to re-pay the work, care and treatment their boys received by Professor Noel Clarke and the team at The Christie hospital in Manchester where they were treated. It’s for this reason that the family, immediate and wider, dedicate a lot of time and effort into fundraising for us.  Read more about the family’s past activities here. Championing the whole effort is Geoff Scargill. Geoff decided he wanted to give…

Building male cancer awareness in the Construction industry

male cancer awareness

Our biggest challenge as a men’s health organisation is raising male cancer awareness.

Golf day raises a tonne for male cancer research

Golf day for male cancer research

Golf day for male cancer research – The kind folk at Co-operative Funeralcare in Macclesfield have raised more than £1,600 for Men Matter.

£10,000 boost for male cancer fund

£10,000 boost for male cancer fund

We have handed over a cheque for £10,000 to leading cancer research and treatment centre, the Christie hospital.

Surviving Cancer: our boys on ITV special

Overcoming Stories

Peter Scargill and Chris Cyprus have been featured on an ITV Granada special about surviving cancer.