Men urged to attend free health information evening

A prostate consultation ' early diagnosis can make all the difference to treatment
A prostate consultation ' early diagnosis can make all the difference to treatment

A PUBLIC information evening is being held for men from across West Sussex in a bid to encourage early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

The event, at The Old Tollgate Hotel, The Street, Bramber, on Wednesday, aims to raise awareness of various men’s health issues.

It is jointly run by Genesis Care, South Downs, a specialist cancer treatment centre in Havant, and West Sussex Urology, a group of the region’s leading consultant urologists.

The evening, from 6.30pm to 9pm, is free to attend and will cover many common symptoms that men might encounter. These might include the need to urinate more often, especially at night, urgently needing to urinate, finding it hard to stop urinating, having a weak flow and feeling like the bladder has not emptied properly.

Barnaby Chappell and Simon Woodhams, who are both consultant urological surgeons at Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust and West Sussex Urology, will offer advice and provide information about when to be concerned, what to do about it and the treatment options that are now available.

Amanda Jones, manager at Genesis Care’s radiotherapy centre, in the grounds of Spire Portsmouth Hospital, explains why it is involved with event: “Often in the early stages of prostate cancer there are no symptoms at all, so you can be living with the condition and not even realise it, yet early diagnosis can make all the difference to treatment outcomes.

“We are urging men in the area to take advantage of this free event to get advice so that any issues can be addressed sooner rather than later and men can make an informed decision about what is the right choice for them.”

PCaSO, the patient-led prostate cancer support charity, will be on hand to offer further information, advice and support, and a hot buffet will be provided.

Spaces are limited. To book, or to learn more about urological conditions, call Patrick Arnold on 02392 484992 or 07786 925 322, or email patrick.arnold@genesiscare.co.uk for more information.

Genesis Care, South Downs provides an integrated service for patients from across Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

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