Rotarians raise awareness of prostate issues

Rotarians across Angus will take to their bikes this weekend to raise money for Prostate Scotland.

Rotarians across Angus will take to their bikes this weekend to raise money for Prostate Scotland.

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Rotarians across Angus will take to their bikes this weekend to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and raise money in aid of Prostate Scotland.

The Angus clubs will join more than 30 across Scotland for the annual Rotary Rides, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19.

Fund-raising rides are being organised by Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir and Monifieth and District clubs.

Adam Gaines, director of Prostate Scotland, said the charity has been inspired by the Rotarians’ efforts and that they have recognised that encouraging more people to think about prostate issues can be life-saving.

He continued: “Their support for information campaigns, research and cutting-edge equipment is vital too. But the critical first step for individuals who might be at risk is often receiving information about the issue recognizing symptoms, perhaps using the symptom self-test facility on the Prostate Scotland website, and knowing where to get help from.

“Rotary Clubs are potentially making a huge difference to hundreds of people’s lives by publicising this and helping make awareness information available.”

Professor Alan McNeill, Prostate Scotland trustee and consultant urological surgeon, also said that prostate cancer affects more men in Scotland than any other cancer, with one in 10 at risk, although half of all men are unaware of the symptoms of prostate problems

He continued: “Earlier diagnosis and surgical improvements have dramatically improved survival rates - but critically, greater awareness of the condition is required and combined with the projected number of men likely to develop prostate cancer over the next few years we need to do more to create awareness and encourage early diagnosis.

“We are seeing very encouraging increases in the survival rate from prostate cancer across Scotland, however with over 800 men a year in Scotland dying from prostate cancer there is more than needs to be done. The earlier that prostate cancer is diagnosed the better the chances of treating and curing it. If men have symptoms they should visit their doctor.”

Details of the cycle runs can be found online at ride.rotarygbi.org