Men urged to get together to help fight cancer

Representative of Prostate Cancer UK's Men United campaign with  Chair of Assembly's Health committee Maeve McLaughlin ,Cllr Sandra Duffy and Elisha McCallion.
Representative of Prostate Cancer UK's Men United campaign with Chair of Assembly's Health committee Maeve McLaughlin ,Cllr Sandra Duffy and Elisha McCallion.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin has pledged her support for a Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign as it arrived in Derry this week.

The new campaign, which was launched with a nationwide television campaign, aims to ‘keep friendships alive’ by encouraging men to see their mates more and do something together to help beat cancer.

The campaign launch coincides with a recent YouGov survey of over 2,000 men, conducted on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, which revealed that 84% of men believe that spending time with their mates is good for their health and well-being.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: “Our movement for men - Men United – has caught the imagination. Men from all walks of life, from footballers to lawyers and politicians to plumbers, have formed a growing army, raising funds to find the answers for the future through research and supporting men now.”

Ms McLaughlin said; “I am honoured to be supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s latest drive. Seeing our friends is good for our health and well being, and with over 1,000 men in the north of Ireland facing a prostate cancer diagnosis every year, men never know when they might need a friend to lean on, or be there for a friend who’s received the bad news.”

For ideas of how you can spend time with your mates, people are being urged to search Men United, www.prostatecanceruk.org, and sign up.