THE MAYOR of Solihull is urging men in the borough to be aware of the dangers of prostrate cancer - after being diagnosed with the disease himself last year.
Despite having no symptoms, Councillor Ian Courts was diagnosed with prostrate cancer after a routine PSA blood test last year - forcing him to undergo major surgery.
The operation was successful and the Mayor is now back to full health - but the scare brought the lack of awareness about the disease to his attention.
“If you ask most men about their prostate gland, they are likely to look blank,” said Cllr Courts.
“Very many have absolutely no idea about the symptoms of prostate cancer. Compared to other forms of cancer, awareness of this common cancer is very slight.”
As many as 10,000 men die each year in the UK due to prostrate cancer, in large part due to late diagnosis, and the Mayor is keen to join forces with the Solihull Prostate Cancer Support Group, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer Charity, to raise awareness of the UK’s most common cancer in men.
Although there is no routine PSA test offered to high risk groups, men do have the right to request the test from their GP - something which Cllr Courts encourages.
“I want to encourage men and their families to become aware of prostate cancer - if any symptoms emerge do not delay getting to your GP for a test,” he said.
During March, Cllr Courts will also be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Mayoral Charities, through the Mayor’s Ball for All. The event takes place on Saturday March 26 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull and tickets, which include a three-course meal, are still available at a price of £35.
For more information and advice about prostate cancer, visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk and to buy tickets for the Ball contact the Mayor’s Secretary on: 0121 704 6023 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org