Posted on 08 February 2019
We hosted our first Men’s Health Talk on 31 January to give our male employees the opportunity to learn about the warning signs of prostate cancer, and to find out more about their general physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Trevor Walker, a prostate cancer survivor who now volunteers for Prostate Cancer UK, spoke honestly to our male members of staff about his experience with the illness and how to spot and treat the warning signs. “My mantra is better tested than permanently rested,” explained Trevor.
Prostate Cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk.
“I am lucky. I got my life back and decided several years ago that I wanted to help other people through my experience which is why I joined Prostate Cancer UK as a volunteer” said Trevor. “It’s important we talk openly and increase awareness about the illness.”
In addition we also had a guest speaker from Unison, and our Wellbeing Champion spoke about the wellbeing resources available to all staff at Hyde. After the talks, there was a lively Q&A session and everyone received a goody bag including healthy snack bars kindly provided by Natural Balance foods.
Digital Communications Officer, Usman said: “It was an excellent opportunity to raise questions in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Both speakers were knowledgeable and approachable, and having learnt that a family member has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I can’t tell you how much it helped having just met someone who has lived through it for 20 years and is still so positive.”