A local man who came within weeks of dying from cancer has won funding to launch a new campaign to Beat Male Cancer in Brighton & Hove.
Ryan Walshe, a cancer survivor based in Seven Dials is calling on men and women in the city to support his drive to Beat Male Cancer through greater public awareness, earlier detection and better patient care.
Ryan, who fought off testicular cancer in 2010, is so committed to helping other men beat the disease that he has delivered cancer awareness talks to 3,000 local teenagers and stripped naked on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme to show the nation’s men how to check themselves for testicular cancer.
Now Ryan, 23, is hosting 3 public meetings across the city and is inviting anyone who wants to get involved in helping to Beat Male Cancer in the City to come along and show their support.
Ryan says: “I nearly died two years ago because I wasn’t aware of cancer symptoms and I made a promise to myself that if I lived I’d do everything I could to help other men and boys become aware of all the different cancers they can get.
“I started doing talks in schools last year which are already making a difference and now I need help to take the campaign to the next level. I really want to hear from other cancer survivors, people with experience of cancer and anyone else who wants to help me develop this campaign to Beat Male Cancer in Brighton & Hove.”
As well as raising awareness of how to prevent and detect male cancer, Ryan is keen to meet other cancer survivors and create a local support network that can get together and help improve the experience of male cancer patients in the city.
Ryan is supported by The Men’s Network which works to improve the lives of men and boys in Brighton & Hove and is launching the Beat Male Cancer with the help of funding from People Can Do.