The Light Surgery in Leeds is supporting a nationwide campaign aiming to raise awareness about all male cancers, by encouraging all male patients to visit the centre for a free Well Man health check this month.
Every Friday in September will be “Blue Friday” at the surgery, and the staff will be showing their support by decorating the buildng with balloons and dressing up in blue.
Each year, over 80,000 men in the UK die from cancer, including lung, prostate and bowel cancer, but many of these deaths could be prevented through healthy lifestyle decisions and early detection.
Men are 40 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women as they tend to avoid visiting their doctor until it is too late.
The Well Man health checks can be booked by any registered patients by contacting reception.
The check includes a height, weight, BMI and blood pressure check, as well as instant blood glucose and cholesterol testing, lifestyle advice and the warning signs for male cancers.
Sue Smith, lead nurse practitioner at the Light Surgery, said:
“The health checks are a great way to check men’s health in general but also bring male cancers to the fore and provide information so patients can make informed decisions about the tests that they want to have.”
“Most cancers now have good recovery rates but this relies on them being detected and treated early.
“In support of Blue September, we urge all our male patients to be more aware of the danger signs and symptoms for which they should seek medical advice.”