The Marie Keating Foundation campaign aims to increase awareness of prostate cancer and asks men to "step up to the mic" when it comes to speaking about their health
The second instalment of the Marie Keating Foundation’s ‘Stand Up for Your Prostate’ campaign seeks to open up the discussion about prostate cancer and encourages men to seek advice for their GP If they notice any changes in their bodies, or when they reach the age of 50 or 45 with a family history of prostate cancer.
Sponsored by Astellas, this campaign hopes to increase awareness of what is the most common cancer in men (after non-melanoma skin cancer) in Ireland during Blue September and raise vital funds to support the 3,665 men diagnosed with the disease every year.
Five of Ireland’s most talented comedians including New York comic Des Bishop, comedian and presenter PJ Gallagher, impressionist Al Foran and stand up stars Danny O’Brien and Gearoid Farrelly all stood up to the mic to talk about the importance of prostate cancer awareness, and are now asking you to do the same.
To watch each of our ambassadors videos, and to see some of Al’s celebrity friends, and their view on men’s health and prostate cancer click on the faces below.
Our research shows that three in four Irish men have never spoken to their doctor about prostate cancer. This is a worrying statistic as one in eight men will be affected by the disease in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second largest cancer killer of men in Ireland and the sad fact is that when treated early, prostate cancer is so treatable. Our hope for this continued Stand Up For Your Prostate campaign is to truly show men how important it is to speak out about their health and open up the discussion so other men can do the same. Getting a simple PSA test when you turn 50, or 45 with a family history of prostate cancer, could save your life.
Helen Forristal, Director of Nursing Services
Stand up for prostate pin
Show your support the 3,665 men in Ireland diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and open the discussion about men’s health by wearing the Marie Keating Foundation 'Stand Up for Your Prostate' pin during Blue September, Movember or all year round.
Prostate cancer-What you should know
We should all be more aware of the signs and risk factors associate with prostate cancer. For more information about prostate cancer in Ireland, what you should look out for, the PSA blood test and prostate cancer treatment see our information page
The Marie Keating Foundation is committed to being there for people at every step of their cancer journey. In doing this, we have a number of leaflets, booklets and information materials on prostate and other types of cancer to help you learn the warning signs and seek advice early if you notice any changes in your body.