November 09, 2006 19:01 ET

Amicus supports DVD for men's health

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - Amicus is supporting an event at the Laurie's Centre, Birkenhead to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The event being held at the Laurie's Centre tonight (Friday 10th November) at 8.00 p.m. will raise awareness of the disease and has been co-ordinated by Amicus convenor, Jimmy McGannon, from Arrow Park Hospital, Birkenhead.

Actor, Dean Sullivan, "Jimmy from Brookside" will be announcing the lucky winner for the film's screenplay to make a DVD which will help promote awareness and educate men and their families across all communities. Liverpool based "Naked Poet Productions" will be producing the DVD in the New Year.

Speaking about the importance of the event, Amicus' national health and safety officer, Rob Miguel, said:

"Prostate cancer kills some 10,000 men a year which devastates whole families. Most of these deaths are preventable if the disease is detected early enough.

"Amicus is committed to campaigning and educating around health issues. We have run several major seminars to raise awareness about prostate disease.

"We fully support what Jimmy and his people are doing this is definitely going to save lives.

Amicus' convenor, Jimmy McGannon, said:

"Every woman is aware of breast cancer and the need to screen due to continued publicity about the risks of the disease. But we need to get men to take more care of themselves and make them aware of the symptoms of the disease. We hear little of the 10,000 men who lose their lives each year to prostate cancer. Thousands of men are still afraid to talk about 'things' like this.

"The point of the film is to promote awareness of prostate cancer and get men to talk about their experience good or bad. We want to ensure that men have a greater understanding of the disease and are not embarrassed about talking when it comes to their health. If in doubt they should go to their doctors."

The event starts at 8.00 p.m. tonight at the Laurie's Centre and speakers include The Lord Mayor, MP's and the Chair and CEO of Wirral Hospital NHS Trust.

The Prostate Cancer Charity offers support and information to anyone concerned with prostate cancer and has a free phone helpline number.

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Notes to editor
Prostate Cancer Charity website:
Free phone Helpline Number: 0800 074 8383

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