All welcome to free health seminar

Consultant urologist Hazel Warburton
Consultant urologist Hazel Warburton

RESIDENTS of Fleetwood and the Wyre areas are being invited to a free health seminar at Blackpool Victoria Hospital this month.

Miss Hazel Warburton, Consultant Urologist, will be presenting on the topic of ‘Prostate Cancer – what you need to know’ on Wednesday March 16, 2.30-3.30pm, in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it affects over 250,000 men and their families in the UK alone with around 35,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year.

It accounts for 25 per cent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in men.

Despite that, nine out of 10 adults do not know what the prostate gland does.

The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that is found only in men, it is about the size of a walnut, with its main function being to help in the production of semen.

One in nine men will get prostate cancer and men who have had a close relative such as father or brother diagnosed are two-and-a-half times more likely to get prostate cancer .

Miss Warburton said: “Most men are now aware of prostate cancer, but they are not so sure what the warning signs are or how it is diagnosed.

“The most common age to be diagnosed is between the ages of 65-70 years, when the majority of men are still in good health.

“The first stage of diagnosis includes a rectal examination and so some men remain nervous about coming forward, however these taboos are thankfully being broken down as more men become aware of this major male health problem.

“Thankfully in many cases the cancer is slow-growing and may never need treatment providing accurate diagnosis.

“In men who do require treatment the outcome is very good with most men dying with the disease rather than of the disease!”

The seminar comes at a perfect time as it coincides with the recent announcement that this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run Sponsorship will be donated to the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to purchase new equipment which will produce more precise and accurate diagnosis for men with prostate cancer and radically improve their subsequent treatment.

To book a place in advance contact Membership Officer Jacinta Gaynor on (01253) 306673, e-mail Jacinta.gaynor@bfwh.nhs.uk or you can arrive on the day and book in. All are welcome.