Prostate Cancer month

left to right  Claudette Woolfson from the Phoenix Choir, Shirley Evans and Graham Hatfield from the Eastbourne Prostate Support Group.
left to right Claudette Woolfson from the Phoenix Choir, Shirley Evans and Graham Hatfield from the Eastbourne Prostate Support Group.

A series of events are taking place in Eastbourne to highlight Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

As March gets underway the PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network Eastbourne Support Group team will be at a display stand at the Arndale Centre tomorrow (Saturday) near Topshop where people will have the chance to find out more about its activities and pick up one of the group’s leaflets. The following Saturday (March 9 ) the team will also be at the home game of Eastbourne Borough Football Club at Priory Lane where people have the chance to speak to the group.

The PCaSo Eastbourne Prostate Cancer Support Group was set up in September 2002 primarily so that those affected by prostate cancer would have an opportunity to meet and share their experiences. It is run by Graham Hatfield and his sister Debbie and was set up in memory of their father who was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Graham Hatfield said, “He was living with it on a day to day basis and that was causing him mental anguish.

“We celebrated the group’s 10 year anniversary last year, that’s quite a milestone for us.

“Our key objective is really to raise awareness about prostate cancer because it’s the equivalent to breast cancer with women really.

“Their is the chance for people to share their problems and experiences if they wish to at the monthly meetings with people in a similar position.”

The meetings welcome a guest speaker and then afterwards there is tea and coffee and the chance to chat.

Last month the group had a talk from Mark Tolhurst, Macmillan Carer Support Worker, who explained more about his role. In March the monthly meeting will take place on March 14 in the Post Graduate Centre at the DGH. Anyone is welcome to attend and listen to speaker Steve Garnett, who is the consultant urologist/clinical lead, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The meeting takes place at 7.30pm.

For more information contact Graham Hatfield on 749258, email: graham.hatfield@btopenworld.com or visit the website: www.pcasoeastbourne.org.uk