Prostate Pledge

Cathy Peattie has backed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by signing The Pledge for Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which runs from 1 – 31 March, is an annual health awareness campaign organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity. The theme of the month is a celebration of awareness and The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland is mobilising people and
urging them to ‘declare they are aware’.

Cathy said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. 2,700 men in Scotland are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and 19,000 are currently living with the disease. Two men die of prostate cancer every day.

“Despite this, we still have a long way to go in terms of understanding the causes and identifying the most effective ways of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer – as well as improving the public’s knowledge of some of the issues faced by people affected by the disease.

“That’s why I was delighted to sign The Pledge for Prostate Cancer during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2011. I hope men and women of all ages and all walks of life get behind the campaign and are able to declare ‘I’m aware’ come April.”

Ann Ferguson, Head of Scotland Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “It is fantastic that Cathy is showing her support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer. We hope many more politicians will follow suit and back the pledge to ensure prostate cancer remains firmly in the spotlight well beyond Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and that the improvements we are calling for receive due attention.”

Anyone wanting to participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month can request an information pack. Please call 0141 314 0050, email aware@prostate-cancer.org.uk or visit the campaign website www.prostateaware.org.uk

Anyone concerned about prostate cancer can call The Prostate Cancer Charity’s free and confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383. The Helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Wednesdays from 7pm – 9pm. Alternatively please visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk

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