Health professionals 'can help raise awareness of male cancers'

25 April 2012

Those working in the medical field can do more to raise the awareness of male cancers, one health expert has advised.

Rebecca Porta, chief executive at Orchid Cancer Appeal, pointed out that medical professionals can help in many ways in their practice or hospital.

For example, she explained that posters and leaflets which educate people about male cancers are simple ideas that can go a long way.

On top of this, Ms Porta recommended that GPs do all they can to make it easy for men to come forward and start talking about diseases such as penile, testicular and prostate cancer.

"I think we as women tend to be much better at making a phone call to book in the GP appointment and we don't worry too much if there are people around us whereas men will just feel very uncomfortable doing that. That is something men and GPs need to be aware of," the expert noted.

Her advice comes in the same week that the UK marks Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week, which looks to educate men about some of the biggest potential threats to their health.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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