The van is also open to all other men and people with a prostate aged over 45 who have a family history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer. This means your father or brother has had prostate cancer when they were under the age of 55. Your mother or sister has had breast or ovarian cancer when they were under the age of 50. This is because family history can also increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Those visiting the van can also choose whether or not to have a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.
ThisVanCan Rochdale locations
- 14 August – Asda Superstore, The Old Cricket Ground, Dane Street Rochdale OL12 6XT
- 19 August – Asda Superstore, The Old Cricket Ground, Dane Street Rochdale OL12 6XT
- 21 August – Middleton Arena, Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Manchester M24 1AG
- 22 August – Tesco Middleton, Barton Rd, Middleton, Manchester M24 1UQ
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The roadshow is being run by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance – part of the NHS. They are working in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, the Caribbean and African Health Network, BHA for Equality and charity Can-Survive UK.
Mr Sotonye Tolofari, a consultant surgeon who treats prostate cancer and Clinical Director for Urological Cancers at the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms. You are more at risk of developing prostate cancer if you’re black and over 45 than other people.
“We want black men to be aware of the risk and to visit us on board our van when it comes to your area. We are also keen to talk to anyone with a prostate who is over 45 with a family history of prostate, breast or ovarian cancer. This can also increase your risk. By family history, we mean your father or a brother has had prostate cancer when they were under the age of 55. Your mother or a sister has had breast or ovarian cancer when they were under the age of 50.
“We will chat to you about what might increase your risk of prostate cancer and discuss the implications of having a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.”
What is a PSA blood test?
The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, but not necessarily cancer. The test does not give a conclusive diagnosis on its own. Together with information about your individual lifestyle and risk it can be a helpful tool for doctors to decide if you may need further tests or treatment. You can find out more on the Prostate Cancer UK website.
Men who opt to have a PSA test while visiting the van will be given their results within a couple of weeks and referred on for further investigations if needed.
Mr Tolofari added: “If prostate cancer is caught early, before symptoms appear, it’s easier to treat. Our ThisVanCan roadshow means you can book an appointment close to your home or work and come and have a chat with our team.”
Prostate Cancer Survivor
Gilbert Morgan, aged 58, a prostate cancer survivor from Moston, Manchester, is backing the campaign and urging black men to be aware of their prostate cancer risk.
Gilly had a PSA blood test in 2014 and the results showed he required further investigation. He had further tests including an internal examination and biopsy, after which he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was treated with surgery to remove his prostate and is now fit, healthy and living a good life.
The dad-of-four and a grandad-of-three said: “When I was told I had prostate cancer my world fell apart. But now I know if you catch it early it is so much easier to treat.
“We need to kill the taboo and get black men talking about prostate cancer. You need to know your risk. This van will help do that.
“This van will help start conversations that need to happen. We need to go to people and speak their language. If your dad or brother has had prostate cancer, there’s a much bigger risk.
“Black men over 45 are more likely to develop prostate cancer. If you’re black, male and over 45 I’d encourage you to attend an appointment – and if appropriate have the PSA test – it might just save your life.”
Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance
Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance has worked with a range of partners on this pilot project.
Amy Rylance, Head of Improving Care at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Early prostate cancer is very treatable, but early prostate cancer doesn’t often have symptoms. We welcome this initiative to take lifesaving risk awareness conversations into the hearts of communities most at risk so that more men have the chance of a cure.”
Marcella Turner, Chief Executive Officer at Can-Survive, said: “Can-Survive UK is happy to be part of this important initiative. Working with partners to raise awareness about prostate cancer, particularly within the Black African Caribbean community.
“This is a huge step in encouraging Black men to find out more about their risk of prostate cancer and, where appropriate, get a PSA test, within their local area in familiar community settings. This can lead to earlier diagnosis, improved prognosis, and outcomes. This project will help to reduce stigma, make it okay to talk about cancer and hopefully save lives.”
For more information about the This Van Can roadshow visit www.thisvancan.co.uk