Cancer centre to focus on men’s health with events throughout November
Men’s health in Bermuda will get a shot in the arm with the advent of November as men’s health awareness month.
The Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre is marking the occasion with a series of events to raise prostate cancer awareness, with funds to support men’s health programmes.
One in seven men in Bermuda are believed to be at risk for developing prostate cancer, highlighting the need for the community to support one another. Prostate cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.
This includes breaking stigmas associated with prostate health and coming together to raise funds.
The Paget-based charity offers free screenings of the film The Silent Killer: Prostate Cancer in the Black Community.
The centre will hold five evening presentations and discussions at locations island-wide each Wednesday in November.
Screenings can be booked online as a private event for ten or more attendees in locations such as the workplace, a community venue or at a gym or club.
The centre said regular exercise was proved to cut the risk of some cancers — with the Axa XL Man on the Run offering men a chance to support one another in walking or running.
All the island’s men are welcome to take part in the running race, competitive walk, non-competitive walk and school spirit categories.
Races set off at 8.30am on November 13 from Warwick Academy. Registration is available online for the tenth anniversary of the Axa XL 5km.
A popular fixture to raise money for men’s health is Movember Bermuda, when men cultivate facial hair for sponsorship. Registration for Movember is free.
Fundraising can also be supported by hosting parties, sports and other events.
Since 2009, Movember Bermuda has raised $651,483 for the community.
The Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre said all should have access to cancer care and treatment — regardless of health insurance or ability to pay.
All funds raised in November support free cancer prevention programmes and the equal access fund assisting with the cost of mammograms, as men are also susceptible to breast cancer, as well as ultrasounds, prostate consultations, and radiation therapy treatment.