Borders politicians show their support for Prostate Cancer Awareness month

Borders politicians MP Michael Moore and MSP John Lamont are both backing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, in March, is an annual health awareness campaign organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity.

The theme of the month is a celebration of awareness and The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland is mobilising people and urging them to declare ‘I’m aware’.

Mr Moore said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. 2,700 are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and 19,000 Scottish men are currently living with the disease.

“ Two men die of prostate cancer every day.

“Despite this, we still have a long way to go in terms of understanding the causes and identifying the most effective ways of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer - as well as improving the public’s knowledge of some of the issues faced by people affected by the disease. ”

John Lamont added: “I was delighted to sign The Pledge for Prostate Cancer during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2011.

“I hope men and women of all ages and all walks of life get behind the campaign and are able to declare ‘I’m aware’ come April.”

Ann Ferguson, head of pperations at The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland, said: “It is fantastic that both Michael Moore and John Lamont are showing their support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer.

“We hope many more politicians will follow suit and back the Charity’s move to ensure prostate cancer remains firmly in the spotlight well beyond Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.”

Anyone wanting to participate in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month can request an information pack.

Please call 0141 314 0050, email aware@prostate-cancer.org.uk or visit the campaign website www.prostateaware.org.uk

John Lamont has given his backing to Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by signing The Pledge for Prostate Cancer (see notes to editors 1)

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which runs from March 1 to 31, is an annual health awareness campaign organised by The Prostate Cancer Charity

The theme of the month is a celebration of awareness and The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland is mobilising people and urging them to ‘declare they are aware’.