Wales' cancer charity Tenovus has joined forces with Prostate Cancer UK and The Movember Foundation to launch the country's first ever 'ManVan'.
Made possible with funds raised during the annual Movember moustache growing campaign, it's an American-style motorhome, which has been converted to bring dedicated mobile cancer support to communities throughout Wales.
The 38 foot van will bring one to one counselling, couples' counselling, group supports and benefits advice to men living in deprived or hard-to-reach areas.
There will also be a range of educational talks available for men and local health care professionals, as well as a huge amount of information for men and their families to take away.
2,600 men are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer every year in Wales, with prostate cancer incidence rates 25% higher in Wales per head of population compared to the UK overall.
Claudia McVie, Chief Executive at Tenovus said,
"We want to improve the support available to men with prostate or testicular cancer in Wales by bringing vital services directly to them.
We know men aren't always comfortable talking about their worries, so we've designed the space specifically with them in mind.
We have years of experience delivering mobile cancer care into the heart of our communities, and now thanks to The Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK, we can start to reach men who otherwise often go unsupported.
80% men with prostate cancer are not getting the support they need to prevent possible psychological and sexual problems following their treatment. That's according to new research in the British Journal of Cancer.
The Welsh charity, Tenovus is hoping to use money raised through 'Movember' to create a new 'Man Van' that will travel to remote areas around Wales providing support and treatment to men with the condition. Alexandra Lodge reports.
Tenovus says skin cancer diagnoses have more than doubled in the last ten years, and children are especially at risk. One blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles the chances of developing skin cancer later in life, according to the charity.
Assembly Members are to discuss calls from the cancer charity Tenovus to provide free sun cream for children at schools. It follows several cases when parents have been told that children will not be allowed to take sun tan lotion into school.
The Children and Young People Committee will hear evidence from teaching unions as well as cancer charities. They will look at whether current policies and guidelines for schools with regards to sun protection are effective.
A petition with more than 9,000 signatories was handed into the Senedd earlier this month. Teaching union, NAHT say that clearer guidelines are needed for schools and teachers.
"There is plenty of research telling us that exposure to UV radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. So we will also look at whether there is sufficient awareness in schools of the current sun protection policies and guidelines in Wales, and, if not, how best to raise awareness.
– Christine Chapman AM, Chair of the Children and Young People Committee