Your Friends, Your Specialists, Your Charity…
Thank you for visiting us here at Prostate Cymru. We are mainly a voluntary group dedicated to fighting Prostate Cancer, Procuring equipment and raising awareness here in the Welsh Principality. Annually throughout the UK men’s prostate cancer claims 11,000 lives, with up to 32,000 new cases diagnosed. They are rare in men under 50, but the condition becomes more pronounced and common with age. Help us fight this deadly disease, help us make difference.
Founded in 2003, with your help, we have grown from strength to strength over the last decade. Holding events, fund raisers, procuring services and equipment, raising awareness and lobbying for improvements in men’s prostate health care. From a small founding team with a strong passion, Prostate Cymru is growing daily into the Fast moving, driven and effective charity it is today.
We are currently based in Cardiff and surrounding areas (operating mainly across the South East & South West regions) but are organically reaching out and growing into all areas of Wales. Our goal is to improve Welsh Prostate Health all across the country. Improving equipment, training staff and raising the nations understanding of Prostate disease.
You can help us achieve further objectives by joining in a fund raising event, organising your own event or even simply by making a donation. The rest of this website is dedicated to supporting and informing you on many aspects of Prostate health. If you require any further information or wish to support in any way, please feel free to contact us >
We’re A Welsh Charity, For Welsh Prostate Sufferers…
Prostate Cymru, is the leading charity in Wales working with medical and nursing professionals in the fight against all prostate diseases, especially benign prostate disease (BPH) and prostate cancer.
Benign prostate disease (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate; is a very common disease that can cause significant urinary symptoms in men affecting the quality of their lives. BPH starts to cause symptoms in middle age and at 80 years of age, the majority of men will have this disorder.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in Welsh men. Annually 2500 men are diagnosed and 550 will die from the disease.
Prostate cancer is 17% more common in Welshmen compared to Englishmen. The reason for this is not known.
For the last decade, Prostate Cymru has sought to:
1. Raise awareness of the risks and signs of prostate cancer amongst the welsh population
2. Promote understanding of prostate disease, identify red flag symptoms and offer advice to the general public on how to seek early diagnosis and treatment for prostate disorders
3. Establish ‘state of the art treatments’ for both prostate cancer and BPH in Wales – through a variety of fundraising events, working closely with Surgeons and Local Health Boards(LHBs) and petitioning the Welsh Government.
4. Facilitate the training of surgical and nursing staff in Welsh Hospitals to perform new techniques in the treatment of prostate cancer and BPH.
To ensure that Welsh men receive 21st Century ‘Gold standard treatment’ for their prostate diseases, we ask for your help, support and participation to help us meet our goals.
A Big Thank You…
I would like to thank everyone that has helped Prostate Cymru in any way during our first exciting and emotional decade of operating. Hundreds of thousands of man hours that have tirelessly been offered across a breath taking spectrum of events. Unfortunately there are far too many individuals to mention personally but please know that we are grateful for every moment of your time and penny from your pocket.
So… A big thank you to:
All of our many volunteer helpers, working hard right across the land. You are the life blood of the charity, we remain forever grateful.
The many businesses and organisations that have supported us with events, donations and ‘Well Man’ seminars. You have provided great platforms from which we can grow both the charity and awareness.
And finally a big thank you to the Welsh public in general, for embracing the aims and values of Prostate Cymru and helping it grow into the leading charity for men’s health in Wales.
Over the next few years we hope to strengthen Prostate Cymru’s presence in all parts of Wales, using a model similar to the recently established “Pembrokeshire friends of Prostate Cymru” based in Haverfordwest.
We can be very proud of what we’ve ALL achieved so far, but there is still much to do, to ensure that Welsh men are well informed about their prostate health and have easy access to the best treatments for prostate disease.
Chairman and Founder Trustee Prostate Cymru.
From Founding To Current Day, The Prostate Cymru Journey…
Prostate Cymru started life in December 2003 as GLAZE – an acronym for Green Light Lazer, a new minimally invasive treatment for BPH (benign prostate disease). The name of the Charity was coined by its founder Chairman, the late Ray Murray.
Ray met Andy Thomas (Consultant Urological surgeon) , co-founder of the charity, on his retirement night as he was in need of his professional services. They became friends and together they came up with the idea of creating a welsh prostate charity to ensure that Welsh men suffering with prostate diseases would have access to the best available treatments from the NHS in Wales. We wanted to create a level playing field, where Welsh men didn’t need to travel to England and pay the English NHS or the Private Sector for prostate therapies that should be available on the Welsh NHS.
Our first project was to create a centre of excellence at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend for minimally invasive Green light laser surgery (80watt PV system). This treatment eliminates the risk of bleeding in benign prostate surgery and allows for safe day case surgery and a quicker return to normal activities for patients.
Over 1,000 patients have now been treated with Green light laser over the last decade at Bridgend. The charity is now funding the new 3rd generation XPS green light laser, which is faster and treats very large prostate glands.
In 2010, with agreement of the charity commission Glaze became Prostate Cymru. Over the last 4 years we have grown from a regional charity to a truly national one. Our aim to regionalize Prostate Cymru has recently seen the recent establishment of ‘Pembrokeshire friends of Prostate Cymru’ based in Haverfordwest.
In addition; we have developed new strategies and aims:
1. Improve awareness of prostate cancer in Welsh men through national campaigns and lectures, talks and presentations to; societies, industry and clubs.
2. Lead a national campaign to establish Da Vinci Robotic surgery In Wales for the treatment of early prostate cancer; via a petition with the national assembly and operation robot.
3. Fundraising to enable Welsh theatre nurses and surgeons to train and develop their skills in Da Vinci robotic surgery.
4. Funding of ‘template prostatic biopsy techniques’. To Improve the ability to detect prostate cancer in Welsh men.
The Prostate Cymru Vision…
Education: To improve the knowledge of welsh men in respect to – symptoms, signs, diseases and treatments of the prostate.
What’s your PSA? and ‘The best defence – is to know the facts’ – are two examples of national campaigns we have conducted in conjunction with the welsh rugby union to inform welsh men of the existence of a blood test to detect prostate cancer and to inform welsh men, of who is at risk of developing prostate cancer and what to do if you should be concerned.
State Of The Art Treatments For Prostate Disease: we aim to facilitate the ability of Welsh men to access the best treatments for prostate disease via the Welsh NHS, in Wales.
Benign prostate disease (BPH) – we are funding the minimally invasive treatment of BPH via Green light laser PVP XPS at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.
Prostate Cancer – we have fundraised and petitioned for the provision of Da Vinci robotic surgery in Wales. As a result, the Welsh Assembly Government in Wales has made over 8 million pounds of capital funding available for Local Health Boards to establish this service at cancer centres. The first robot should be established at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff by the end of 2014.
Prostate Cymru will help fund the training and mentorship required for the suregons and nurses to train and become competent at robotic prostate surgery.
Facilitate The Establishment Of Self Help Groups, Fundraisers & Educationalists In Wales in relation to Prostate Disease under the Prostate Cymru Banner: To ensure that all men in Wales have equal access to tests, treatments, knowledge and support.
Prostate Cymru Are Campaigning On Multiple Fronts…
In Wales and the UK, there is no screening program for prostate cancer. To detect prostate cancer at an early curable stage, men >50 years of age or those >45 years with a strong family history need to consider having a blood test (PSA) and a prostate examination (DRE) by their GP or a Urologist.
See our latest campaign with the Welsh Rubgy Union, “the best defence – is to know the facts” that will be launched at the Wales v Scotland Six Nations Rugby Match at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday 15th March 2014.
New Equipment and Treatments For Prostate Diseases in Wales.
We are funding Green Light laser surgery for benign prostate disease in the Welsh NHS.
We have successfully campaigned for the establishment of Da Vinci Robotic Surgery for prostate cancer in Wales. We are now fundraising to ensure that our nurses and surgeons can undergo state of the art training to bring this treatment to Welsh Men.
Regionalisation of Prostate Cymru Throughout Wales.
We want all men in Wales to be able to help us, help them. We aim to set up “friends of PC groups’ throughout Wales.
Research & Development
We aim to support and fund local research and audit projects pertaining to prostate disease in Welsh Men.
What Are Our Current Goals?…
1. Raising awareness of prostate disease in Welsh men through local, occupational and national campaigns.
2. Increasing our fundraising activities through – cycling, trekking, golf, racing, musical, fashion and other events through 2014.
3. Regionalise Prostate Cymru – to bring the ethos and principles of PC to all parts of the principality.
4. Continue funding Green light prostate surgery for BPH and facilitate the training of Welsh NHS nurses and surgeons in robotic prostate surgery.
Prostate Cymru People…
The most important people, as far as Prostate Cymru is concerned, are the patients and those to whom we are grateful for support, sponsorship and donation. Prostate Cymru wouldn’t function or exist if it wasn’t for the fantastic energy, dedication and time inputted by you!
So many people have supported us over the years, it’s impossible to mention everyone. Remain assured however we are extremely grateful for every ounce of support, thank you.
To make sure Prostate Cymru remains functional and gets the medical support required, there are some key people we are proud to introduce…
Lyn Murray | Founder Trustee
Andy Thomas | Founder Trustee & Chairman
Rev Edwin Counsell | Trustee
Robert Murray | Trustee
John Daniels | Trustee & Secretary of Pembrokeshire Friends
David Brace O.B.E | Trustee & President
Chief Executive – Tina Tew
Personal Assistant – Angharad Mair Jones
Ray Giles – Patron
Prof. Kevin Davies M.B.E.
Ray Williams O.B.E.