While tens of millions of pounds is invested in cancer research every year, relatively little funding goes into Beating Male Cancer in the community. This is particularly worrying when you consider that men are:
- More likely to get cancer
- More likely to die from cancer
- Less likely to get screened for cancer
- Likely to be diagnosed for cancer
- More likely to get a late diagnosis
- More likely to report a poor patient experiencer
And even more alarming when you consider that at least a third of all cases of male cancers are preventable.
The purpose of our Beat Male Cancer campaign will be to bring more focus and funding into beating male cancer at a community in six key areas.
1. Raising Awareness amongst men and the people in men’s lives of how to Beat Male Cancer
2. Increasing knowledge of the causes, risks and preventative measures associated with male cancers
3. Improving men’s access to existing services and initiatives that can help us Beat Male Cancer
4. Promoting and supporting lifestyle choices that can help Beat Male Cancer
5. Helping more men and boys to develop help seeking behaviours to increase early diagnosis
6. Improving the range of support services available to male cancer patients, survivors and the people in their lives
As with all Men’s Network projects our approach will be to:
1. Support, promote and build the capacity of existing initiatives
2. Advocate, campaign, inform on issues that effect boys and men
3. To identify gaps where there is little or no service and create solutions
4. To make resourceful connections locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
5. To take a leadership role where appropriate
Our first initiative in launching the Beat Male Cancer project will be to support a local survivor of testicular cancer, Ryan Walsh (pictured), in developing an awareness raising campaign called Talking Testicles focussed on delivered on delivering awareness raising talks to teenagers in local schools.
Ryan is currently taking part in The Men’s Network’s Community Leaders Program which trains men and women to develop and deliver local projects that can improve the lives of men and boys in Brighton & Hove.
If you’d like to volunteer or support this project and help us Beat Male Cancer contact us today via Glen Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07981 334222.
We are particularly interested to hear from volunteer fundraisers, awareness raisers, male cancer survivors and their families and people who can run support groups, as well as professionals working in the field.