Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Gildernew backs local Prostate Cancer Support Group

Published: 6 March, 2015

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew attended the launch of the Fermanagh Prostrate Cancer Support Group in Enniskillen today.

Speaking from the launch in Waterways Ireland, Ms.Gildernew says,

"I am absolutely delighted to be here to see the launch of this crucial group. There are critical gaps in support services for men with prostate cancer and there is a severe lack of support services locally, tailored to help men deal with some of the side effects of treatments.

"With the stereotype that men tend not to talk about their health problems and how they are feeling, this support group is a welcome 'safe place' and is an opportunity for the cancer patients to come to share their experiences and support each other. Around thirty men, both sufferers and survivors of prostate cancer were here today and I hope this is an indication of how the group will move forward.

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the North and from 2010 - 2012, 206 men were diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone area.

"It is a sad reality that numbers of cancer sufferers are rising and that groups like this are necessary but we have to face it and ensure that awareness, support and services are improved and that those diagnosed receive the care and treatment that they require.

"This support group is a brilliant initiative and those involved, particularly local community activist Paddy Gilgunn, are to be congratulated. I wish the group all the best of luck for the future and I pledge to be a strong ally of their endeavors." ENDS

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