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Local NHS Trust raises awareness of testicular cancer amongst Wigan and Leigh men with learning disabilities
Tuesday 30th April, 2013

Local NHS Trust raises awareness of testicular cancer amongst Wigan and Leigh men with learning disabilities
Steven Cunliffe, Paul Atkinson and Ben West who were just some of the men who attended one of the events at the Future Steps Development Centre at Leigh Sports Village

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) hosted events across the borough last week to raise awareness of testicular cancer among men who have learning disabilities.

The events were held as part of Orchid’s Male Cancer Awareness Week (22-28 April 2013). The charity currently estimates that over 2,000 men every year in the UK are affected by testicular cancer. Despite having a cure rate of over 98% if caught early enough, the charity highlights in over 25% of cases the disease will have spread before diagnosis.

Bridgewater has produced an easy read booklet for people with learning disabilities on testicular cancer which trust staff promoted at a variety of events last week held in partnership with community groups such as Wheels for All, Steps CIC and Skils CIC at locations such as Robin Park Arena, Sports and Tennis Centre, Future Steps Development Centre in Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh College and local venues in Hindley, Golborne and Marsh Green.

Andrew Hogg, an Assistant Practitioner with the Primary Health Team and Therapies Team at Bridgewater, said:

“Despite testicular cancer being the most common cancer among young men aged 15 – 45, unfortunately many men are still not as aware of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer as they are of other cancers. Bridgewater hopes that by producing this easy read booklet on testicular cancer and hosting awareness events across the borough with local community groups we can encourage more men with learning disabilities to check themselves regularly and talk openly to their GP if they have any concerns. Detection at an early stage is vital in terms of treatment and can ultimately help save lives.”

For more information about this initiative please contact Bridgewater’s Learning Disability Service in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan on 01942 482543.

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