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Funds from Movember help launch Wales' first 'ManVan'

Wales' first ever 'ManVan' has been launched, providing help and advice for men across Wales who are affected by prostate or testicular cancer.

The project is the result of a joint effort between cancer charity Tenovus and health organisations Prostate Cancer UK and The Movember Foundation.

The 'ManVan' has been payed for with funds raised during the annual moustache growing campaign.

Ambassador for Movember and Welsh rugby star George North says he's pleased to hear about the investment.

Whilst Movember is a bit of fun growing daft moustaches, it's great to also know that our efforts are making a real difference.

I encourage the men of Wales to make use of the 'ManVan' service and to continue supporting Movember's vision to change the face of men's health

– George North

Wales' first 'ManVan' hits the road

The 38 foot van is a converted American-style motorhome Credit: Tenovus

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 Van has been funded by money raised from the annual moustache growing campaign Movember Credit: Tenovus

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.

The motorhome has been converted inside and out Credit: Tenovus

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.

Read more: 'Man Van' would support cancer patients.

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'Man Van' would support cancer patients

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.

Cancer charity launch 'Big Singalong' campaign

Tenor Wynne Evans will be at the 'Big Singalong' launch today. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The cancer charity Tenovus is launching its 70th birthday fundraising campaign in Cardiff today.

The 'Big Singalong' will aim to get people involved through singing and music. Last year the 'Sing with Us' choir project was launched to help hundreds of people affected by cancer.

So far seven choirs have been set up with a further nine due to launch this year.

Tenor Wynne Evans, who lost his father to cancer last year, is the new patron and ambassador for the charity. He will be at the launch today.

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AMs to discuss calls for free sun tan lotion for schools

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

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