It’s the c-word most likely to sound the alarm bells amongst men. We are of course, talking about cancer and those that affect men only – the dreaded trio of prostate, penile and testicular. This month the sixth annual Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week is upon us, which aims to raise both awareness and funds to help fight these diseases.
And, according to the charity, more than 43,000 men will be diagnosed with male cancer this year, so they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them! This year’s week-long campaign focuses on testicular cancer, which is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-45 with over 2,200 new cases diagnosed every year.
With all this in mind, charity bosses say early detection, diagnosis and treatment are key to increasing survival rates, which is why raising awareness is so important.
So what’s happening during the week?
During Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, several new projects are being launched by the charity.
- A new helpline starts on 7 April run by specialist nurses. The service will be available every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm on 0808 802 0010
- The helpline will be backed by a new email service – firstname.lastname@example.org
- A survey of 3,000 men about their awareness of testicular cancer will be published
- A new factsheet on Testosterone Replacement Therapy will also be published
And naturally with any event involving men, the week will feature an element of competition in the form of not one, but two epic running races.
Firstly, fundraisers will be pounding the pavements of London for the Orchid 5km Blue River Run on 9 April. Four days later a number of fundraisers will be pounding the pavements for the charity at the Virgin Money London Marathon on 13 April.
Other ways to get involved
If you haven’t already signed up for these running events, don’t fret; there are a number of other ways to get involved. You could:
- Run information sessions and put up posters and leaflets
- Talk to the local newspapers, radio or TV stations about your experience with male cancer
- Run your own fundraising event. For a list of ideas
- Join Orchid Cancer’s social media campaigns on Facebook or Twitter
If you want to support the week don’t forget to contact the charity for a free resource pack and display materials either online or by calling 0203 465 5766.