In May 2013, Fitz Lawson, a youth support worker from Milton Keynes, had a huge shock when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54. Having lost his father to the disease and with two grown up sons, Fitz understands the importance of research in helping to find out why Black men are more at risk of prostate cancer. He explains what he’s doing to get more Black men involved in research to stop the disease ‘wreaking havoc’ in the community.

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If you’ve had treatment for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate you may have experienced the side effect of leaking urine (incontinence). If so, you probably know it can really affect things like self-esteem and independence as well as work life, sex life and social life. One thing many men find useful in managing incontinence is practicing pelvic floor muscle exercises. Here we talk you through getting to grips with your pelvic floor.

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We’ve recently awarded Ashley D’Aquino at the Royal Marsden Hospital a Prostate Cancer UK/College of Radiographers Clinical Training Fellowship, funded by The Movember Foundation. Ashley will be looking at whether taking pictures of the prostate before each radiotherapy treatment can help radiographers lower the dose of radiotherapy in the hope of reducing side effects.

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