June is Everyman Male Cancer Awareness month. This annual event is used to heighten the knowledge and understanding of Testicular Cancer and Prostate Cancer, the most common cancers in the male demographic and a local gay friendly football team are helping spread the message.
Swindon Men’s Sexual Health have once again teamed up with the Trowbridge Tigers, the gay friendly football team based in Trowbridge, to raise awareness to these cancers. When they heard about what we were doing they understood how important this cause was especially as some of the players had been directly affected by the issue.
Duncan Boydell who plays centre half for the team discussed with us his experience: “My Dad was 63 when he found out he had prostate cancer. He had known for a while something was wrong with him but didn’t want to go to the doctors to talk about it. By the time he did it was too late. He was told he had 6 months left to live. We were fortunate, that with radiotherapy we got to spend a year with him before he passed. He died a just one year and a day today (the day of our photo shoot with the Trowbridge Tigers). This campaign is so important. Men of all ages need to stop burying their heads in the sand, and to regularly check themselves and go to their GP if unsure.”
The poster will be sent to leisure centres, gyms, sports clubs, libraries, working men’s club and colleges. In addition, the Men’s Sexual Health team will be touring around the county with display stands at some of these locations, interacting with the public, giving out leaflets, explaining how to self check with interactive models and answering any questions.
You can find links to the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign, see the photos, and read more on the Swindon Mens Sexual Health Website.