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During Men’s Health Awareness month, healthcare charity Nuffield Health has teamed up with Prostate Cymru charity to promote Prostate Health in the Cardiff and surrounding area.

On the evening of Wednesday 29 November, award winning consultant urological surgeon Mr Andrew Thomas will give a free presentation on Prostate Awareness at the Nuffield Health Vale Hospital.

At the same time, the Prostate Cymru Awareness Vehicle will also be onsite at the two Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals for people to visit.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Wales and the UK as well. Every year it will claim the lives of 11,000 men with up to 32,000 new cases diagnosed annually. 

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

We don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer but there are some things that may mean you are more likely to get it – affecting men mainly aged 50 or over and those who have a family history of the disease. In its early stages prostate cancer is commonly curable but often causes only mild or no symptoms. 

Prospects are improving for men with prostate cancer with men diagnosed today being two and a half times more likely to live for 10 years or more than if they were diagnosed in 1990. Due to an increasing and ageing population, sadly the number of men dying from the disease is growing. With improved awareness, detecting it in its early stage means that frequently it is possible for early prostate cancer to be successfully treated and have positive outcomes. Also exercise has been shown to reduce side effects of advanced prostate cancer treatment.

After being at Cardiff Bay for the month of October, Prostate Cymru’s ‘Man Van’ will be onsite at the Vale Hospital at Hensol Castle Park on 29 November and at the Cardiff Bay Hospital on 30 November.

At a later date, there will also be a chance to visit the van at the Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing centres in Bridgend and Cwmbran.  

A team of specialists are conveniently available in the vehicle to engage with the local community about prostate health and to provide a welcoming space for open conversations.

The charity is dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of prostate health in Wales and the van is equipped with informative materials, resources and a friendly team to provide advice, support and, in some cases, to share their personal story.

On 29 November at Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals’ Meet the Expert event, consultant urologist Mr Andrew Thomas will guide you through prostate symptoms and how to treat these problems.

At the same time, you can have a look inside the Prostate Cymru Awareness vehicle.

Mr Thomas has unrivalled expertise in green light laser surgery for benign prostate disease and for performing MRI fusion template biopsies in difficult to diagnose prostate cancers.

At the independent hospital, Mr Thomas is part of a team of four urological surgeons, along with Prof Gareth Brown, Mr Tim Appanna and Mr Kim Hutton (Paediatric urology). 

Book your free place at the Vale hospital event, either online at Eventbrite: 

Its Men’s Health Month and we are talking Prostate Symptoms & Treatment Tickets, Wed 29 Nov 2023 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

or by phone 01443 449251

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