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News Release Wednesday June 2, 2010

NHS supports Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Week MEN in Leicester are being urged to get savvy over their health to identify symptoms of testicular and prostate cancers early. NHS Leicester City is supporting Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Week in a bid to educate local men about the signs and symptoms of cancer and advise them what to do if they notice any changes. The awareness week runs from June 1 – 6. During 2009, more than 30 men died from male-specific cancers in Leicester. Nationally, over 37,000 men will be diagnosed with these cancers during 2010. Dr Sue Ellerby, deputy director in public health at NHS Leicester City, said: “As men get older they often have problems passing urine. They may find they need to pass urine urgently or more often, are unable to go when they need to, or experience pain when they do. These symptoms may be easily treatable however they can also be caused by prostate cancer. “The best way to check for testicular cancer is for men to examine themselves once a month after a warm bath or shower. Any noticeable increase in size or weight of the testicles may mean something is wrong. The testicle itself should be smooth with no lumps or swellings. If you do find anything that isn’t normal for you then make an appointment to have it checked by your doctor as soon as possible.” NHS Leicester City supports the Let’s Talk cancer project which is made up of 24 volunteers from Braunstone and New Parks. Volunteers give up their time to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of breast, bowel and lung


cancer. All of the volunteers have been affected by cancer in some way either as a carer or as a patient. The group attend a variety of activities and events, to discuss the signs and symptoms of cancer. This includes visiting community projects and talking to people door to door. The group have currently spoken to more than 2,000 people in New Parks and Braunstone. To find out about the signs and symptoms of male cancers go to www.nhs.uk -EndsFor interviews or more information please contact press officer Liz Mattock on 0116 295 4123 or liz.mattock@leicestercity.nhs.uk Notes to Editors More information on male specific cancers can be found at www.everyman-campaign.org or call 0800 731 9468.

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