‘Man Van’ welcomed to Barry Island

Barry And District News: MAN VAN: Councillor Ian Johnson with Tenovus staff MAN VAN: Councillor Ian Johnson with Tenovus staff

THE Tenovus ‘Man Van’ visited Barry Island recently as part of its national campaign to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

The van seeks to provide care and support to men facing either, while raising general awareness.

Funded by the Movember campaign, where men raise money for charity by growing moustaches during November, and by Prostate Cancer UK, the Man Van is staffed by nurses, counsellors and welfare advice guides to help men learn more about cancer and how to deal with diagnosis.

As part of its first tour of Wales, the Man Van was visited by Plaid Cymru councillor Ian Johnson, who is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Health and Scrutiny Committee.

Councillor Ian Johnson said: “The Man Van is an important step forward in making men talk and think about the effect of cancer.

“To some extent, we all prepare for getting older, but we never think that we might get prostate and testicular cancer, despite more than 3,000 men in Wales being diagnosed with them each year.

“The on-board bus staff are able to provide a listening ear, medical advice and practical help in coming to terms with diagnosis.”

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