Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Recognising that over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year*, the UCKG HelpCentre is holding an awareness-raising briefing on the subject at the Rainbow Theatre, 232 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park N4 3NX from 1pm on Saturday 26 April.
The event, which is open to the public, is being run by the HelpCentre’s Patient Care Group with the aim of helping men to overcome the fear and embarrassment frequently attached to the condition and take action early, since prevention is better than cure.
There will be two medically qualified speakers.
Suresh Rambaran, a specialist nurse from Prostate Cancer UK will talk about prostate problems in general and the signs and symptoms that should not be overlooked. Dr Alexander Kassianos from Northwick Park Hospital in the North West London NHS Trust will follow, giving insights into the treatment of prostate related problems.
The presentations will be followed by an open question and answer session, and the event will conclude with an advice clinic for anyone who wishes to speak privately to a medical professional.
Agnes Musikavanhu who leads the UCKG HelpCentre’s Patient Care Group said: “Men are often too embarrassed to voice their concerns about prostate cancer, yet early detection increases the chances of successful treatment. For this reason, we are keen to take the message to North London communities and assist men, particularly among the over 40s, to overcome the emotional barrier attached to the subject and become better informed.
“Although the event is primarily aimed at men, families, who could be affected by a husband, partner or dad’s health issues are also welcome to attend.”
Men who seek a private conversation with one of the medical professionals at the end of the event will be strongly urged to see their GP if there is any suggestion that there might be a problem.
Notes to editors
*Source: Prostate Cancer UK – prostate cancer facts an figures
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
Patient Care Group is a community support group of generous minded volunteers from the UCKG HelpCentre who are available to lessen the burden of illness on patients and their families by extending the hand of friendship to them. These make regular visits to patients in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes or their own homes and will also be there for the patients’ families if required.
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