Men and Cancer - find out more at UWE seminar

Issue date: 23 June 2011


Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, UWE

Saturday 2 July 2011 09:30 to 16:30

Many people are unaware that men have poorer survival from cancer, not only from those cancers that are specific to men, such as prostate cancer but also from cancers which affect both sexes, such as lung and bowel cancer. To highlight this important health issue, the University of the West of England is hosting a one day conference on 'Men and Cancer' at the Exhibition and Conference Centre on the Frenchay Campus on Saturday 2 July 2011.

The seminar is open to the general public and any people working in healthcare professions. The seminar aims to raise awareness of how cancer affects men and will provide an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about local initiatives. These initiatives include promotional efforts to encourage men to 'get tested' if they display symptoms so that an early diagnosis can be made. Also there will be a focus on current local and international biomedical research and clinical improvements.

The conference will include presentations by international leaders in this field of research as well as many local experts who are working at the forefront of cancer research and cancer care in Bristol.

Professor Tony Rhodes, a researcher from UWE is co-organising the conference, he said, “Men need to be more aware of the early symptoms of cancer as an early diagnosis can make a very significant difference to recovery. Men are an unrecognised and unequal group in terms of promotional efforts to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancers that affect them and we want to redress this balance. There are many cancer specialists working in this city and we are aiming to put Bristol on the map as a leading centre for treatment, care and research. This event is the third conference that we have held at UWE to bring together consultants, health practitioners, researchers and patients to help inform, involve and consult on the latest developments.”

Pat Turton, a specialist lecturer in cancer education from UWE says, “We are especially delighted that we have Joe Norman, Chairman of the User Involvement Group of Avon Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services Network who will highlight inequalities for men and cancer and the need for work to be done both locally and nationally to improve outcomes for men with cancer and the importance of involving users in this field.”

The conference will be opened with a welcoming speech from UWE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West who is also Chairperson of the Bristol Urological Institute.

Professor West says, “We are very proud of the collaborative work that is going on in the city of Bristol with critical partnerships between researchers at UWE, the University of Bristol, the Bristol Urological Institute and the hospital consultants at the Bristol Centre for Haematology and Oncology. We are also delighted that Professor Azad Hassan Bin Abdul Razack has taken time out of his busy schedule at the University of Malaya Medical Centre to join us at the seminar. The research partnership that UWE has developed with the University of Malaya looking into prostate cancer care is an important project that will lead to new insights.”

Professor Jeff Holly from the University of Bristol will explain scientific evidence for the role of nutrition in prostate cancer.

Professor Anthony Rhodes will give a presentation on biomedical research in prostate cancer in Bristol.

Katie Collins, Senior Research Fellow from UWE's Social Marketing Centre will look at how a Social Marketing approach has been used locally to promote the early diagnosis of lung cancer in men.

Professor David Gillatt, Consultant urological surgeon with the Bristol Urological Institute will discuss clinical developments and surgical treatments.

There will be an international perspective on prostate cancer in Malaysia from Professor Azad Hassan Bin Abdul Razack, Head of Surgery at the University of Malaya.

Dr Amit Bahl, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Head of Radiotherapy UHBristol will talk about recent advances in radiotherapy in prostate cancer.

Finally Dr Jeremy Braybrook, Consultant Medical Oncologist at UHBristol will present on current treatments and initiatives in testicular cancer, and in particular to draw attention to the local charity, 'It's in the bag', which was set up to support men with testicular cancer, and which was short-listed for the Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Awards, 2010.

For more information and to book a place at the Men and Cancer seminar please contact 0117 32 81110

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