Hundreds of Bexley men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, now dancer Wayne Sleep wants to help
PUBLISHED: 12:43 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 23 March 2017
A March for Men will be held later this year
The fight against prostate cancer will see men march to raise awareness of the disease later this year.
In Bexley alone, nearly 1,000 men are living with beyond the disease, while 35 die each year.
Prostate Cancer UK is calling on residents to join this year’s March for Men in June at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Dancer Wayne Sleep, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, will be leading the march on Saturday, June 17.
He said: “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was terrified. I wasn’t aware of my risk and as I am very active and aware of my health, I didn’t imagine it would happen to me.
“I feel very fortunate that my prostate cancer was detected early and that I am here today to be able to take part in the London March for Men knowing I’m OK.
“But it could have been a different story and for many families, there will be a man missing owing to this disease.”
The event is part of a national scheme to raise £1million in the fight against prostate cancer.
Angela Culhane, chief executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Currently one man an hour dies from prostate cancer in the UK. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
“Money raised through March for Men will have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by the disease and will help bring us a few steps closer to stopping prostate cancer being a killer.
To sign up to the London March for Men, visit marchformen.org
The registration fee is £10 per adult. Children under 16 are free but have to be accompanied by a guardian over 18. There is a suggested fundraising target of £50 and walkers receive a t-shirt.