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Rotarians cycling the extra mile for prostate cancer

Rotary Ride for Prostate Cancer – Father’s day cycling events

The Rotary Ride 2018 for Prostate Cancer is gearing up for Father’s Day weekend, 16th and 17th June 2018, when hundreds of cyclists will pedal to raise funds to aid awareness, research and treatment into the disease.

“Rotarians across Scotland are making a brilliant contribution to the fight against prostate cancer”, says Adam Gaines, director of Prostate Scotland. “Their Father’s Day events on Sunday 17 June, in the weeks before and after, are an important part of our national effort to raise awareness of prostate issues”.

The month-long initiative that will see Rotarians from Stornaway to Stranraer pedalling their bicycles to raise awareness of prostate cancer and in support of Prostate Scotland. There will be other static bike challenges, point-to-point rides and fun rides all aimed at drawing fresh attention to a condition that leads to over 3,000 men being diagnosed and kills more than 800 men a year in Scotland.

Nearly every Rotary Club in Scotland is likely to have had members affected or lost members or loved ones to prostate cancer. The earlier that prostate cancer is diagnosed the better the likely chances of successful treatment. If men have symptoms they should visit their doctor.

Earlier diagnosis and greater treatment developments have dramatically improved survival rates.  Greater awareness of the condition is required so that more men seek guidance at the first sign of prostate issues.

Keith Hopkins is organising the Kirriemuir event, and is also the National Co-ordinator of the whole Rotary Ride initiative on behalf of Rotary International (Great Britain and Ireland). He says:  “There can’t be a Rotary Club in Scotland where members don’t know someone who has been affected by prostate issues – that is probably why the response has been so strong, with cycling events the length and breadth of the country. Rotarians are well-used to shaking buckets to collect funds for Prostate Scotland. But even more important is raising awareness of how deadly prostate issues can be, but how simple they can be to treat if caught in time. The more people who come along the better.”

Adam Gaines, director of Prostate Scotland continued: “This the third year that Rotary Clubs have taken to their bicycles to spread the word about prostate cancer. Funds raised by Rotarians have already helped to towards funding specialist advanced surgical equipment for prostate cancer . This year is an opportunity to reach an even wider audience with the message that prostate cancer awareness can be a life-saver – the earlier you seek diagnosis and treatment, the greater are likely to be your chances of surviving.”.

To assist Rotary clubs in developing rides an information and fundraising pack has been developed jointly by Prostate Scotland and Scottish Rotary Districts. It can be downloaded here https://tinyurl.com/y8acjkc2.

Notes to editors:
1. Prostate Scotland  is a registered charity No SC037494 set up to develop awareness of prostate disease, to support men and their families/ partners with the disease through providing advice and information and to advance treatment and research into prostate disease. Its aim is to reach out across Scotland to create greater awareness amongst men and their families/partners about prostate disease and to advance treatment. It has established an award winning website www.prostatescotland.org.uk providing a wide range of information about prostate disease and treatments, as well as providing information and advice about prostate disease to men and their families across Scotland. In 2010 the charity won a national award for its impact on community health and in 2013 and 2015 was commended in the British Medical Association Patient information Awards, and in 2017 was awarded Scottish health charity of the year.
2. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men in Scotland, with a lifetime chance of one in ten men developing it. There were over 33,258 new registrations of men with prostate cancer between 2005 and 2015 and 9,316 deaths of men in Scotland from prostate cancer during that period.[i].  Encouragingly survival rates amongst men with prostate cancer have doubled over the past two decades with 80% of men with prostate cancer now surviving it[ii].Projections by the NHS show that the diagnosis of men with prostate cancer is likely to rise by up to 35% between now and 2027[iii].
[i] See Scottish Cancer Registry May 2017 and Cancer in Scotland, Information Services Division NHS National Services Scotland April 2017
[ii] Cancer in Scotland: ISD, NHS National Services Scotland, September 2011 and Cancer in Scotland ISD April 2018
[iii] See Scottish Cancer Registry May 2016 and Cancer  Incidence in in Scotland (2014), and Information Services Division NHS National Services Scotland  November 2015