A Coleg Cambria drive benefitting the health and well-being of staff, students, and its community saw the college’s Bersham Road site host a prostate cancer awareness event. Attended by organisations and charities from across North Wales.
Cambria’s Health and Wellbeing Specialist Jo Tincello said: “We have had a lot of feedback, which has been very positive. Both men and women looking to find out more about the condition and what support and services are out there.
“The Prostate Cancer Campaign was predominately aimed at Bersham Road staff as many of the lecturers are male. Female members of the team have also come along. They can then pass the message on to their partners, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends.”
David Parry, chair of Wrexham-based Shooting Star Cancer Support, added: “This was a very useful event, bringing different charities under one roof to spread awareness.
“We were delighted to be a part of it and thank Coleg Cambria for organising.”
Also in attendance were Macmillan Welfare, Prostate Cymru, and Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group. Their chair, Mal Williams, said: “The biggest issue is men and the reluctance to go and ask the right questions and approach the right people, to get advice and information. Many have never had a PSA test (which measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood) or even know what it is.
Ian Barwick, a trustee with Prostate Cymru, added: “We are trying to raise more awareness and help prostate cancer sufferers in North Wales. This has been a very valuable event. It helps bring the relevant organisations together to do even more in this region.”
Phil Morris from Testicular Cancer UK added: “It has been great to speak to so many students about testicular cancer. Especially the importance of self-checking and seeking advice if anyone suspects anything that appears unusual at any time.”
Meanwhile, the college’s Menopause Café sessions will be face-to-face at Yale in Wrexham, Llysfasi, Northop and Deeside, with all employees from the college invited to attend. Visit Coleg Cambria’s website here, or to keep up to date with the community, click here.