So it’s here. I am officially a team member. In exactly 87 (not enough) days, I shall be stood at the start line like this:
OK, maybe without the cheesey grin, and one or two (million) more nerves and butterflies flapping in my belly!! And probably less beardie than at present!
Also in my ‘welcome to the team’ pack – were loads of pages of useful info when it comes to preparing for, and running the race – and the fundraising that goes alongside it.
So, some interesting information for you:
- Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 44.
- Testicular cancer causes around 70 deaths every year in the UK.
- Since 1975, the incidence of testicular cancer has more than doubled – and the reasons for this are not yet known.
- Thanks to advances made at the Everyman Centre testicular cancer is, with treatment, 97% curable. And that figure rises to 99% curable if it’s caught in the early stages.
What is testicular cancer ?
Testicular cancer develops from within the cells in the testes. It usually presents itself as a lump in the testicle.
Regular self examination can help to detect this cancer at an early stage.
If the cancer is not treated at an early stage, cancer cells can break away and spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs.
If a lump or change in the testicles is identified, a GP will arrange for a diagnostic test to indicate if the lump is benign or a possible cancerous tumour.
Most lumps are not cancerous but it is important to get yourself checked out by your GP to be sure.
- Prostate cancer has overtaken lung cancer to become the most common cancer in men.
- Around 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK
- This increasing incidence is largely due to a higher number of cases being diagnosed (through the greater use of PSA tests) and the influence of an ageing population.
- About 10,000 men die from prostate cancer every year in the UK. This works out as more than one man every hour.
The majority of men with prostate cancer are aged over 60 years. Although this cancer can also occur in younger individuals, it is very rare under the age of 50.
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a male sex gland located underneath the bladder. It is about the size of a walnut and fits around the tube (the urethra) which carries urine out of the bladder.
Prostate cancer differs from most other cancers in the body, because small areas of cancer within the prostate are very common and may stay dormant for many years.
In a small proportion of men, the prostate cancer does grow more quickly and in some cases may spread to other parts of the body, particularly the bones.
Although Everyman scientists have made progress in prostate cancer research, little is known about the genes and molecular mechanisms which cause prostate cancer. We still do not fully understand what causes this disease, or how it develops – and we urgently need to improve on current treatments.
Prostate cancer kills one man in the UK every hour. Lets change that!!
Some rather sobering thoughts there, I am sure that you will agree. One final item came in my pack today.
But I don’t need to use this, because you can visit my justgiving page, and donate online. You don’t have to sign up for anything, its quick and easy, and you can just enter your card details. Please also remember to add giftaid if you are eligible. It doesn’t cost you a single penny more, but the government will add 28% more to your donation – and its always good for them to give us some money for once.
visit : www.justgiving.com/chris-mercer