The Channel Islands Cancer Report 2017

The Channel Islands Cancer Report 2017

Tuesday 25 July 2017

The Channel Islands Cancer Report 2017 was released today, detailing the Bailiwick of Guernsey rates of cancer incidence and mortality.

The report can be viewed here.

Dan Collins, Chairman of MUG has responded to the report with this statement:

'The Channel Islands Cancer Report serves to remind us all that there is much work to be done to reduce the impact of this disease.

'Since its launch in 2012, Male Uprising Guernsey has focused on raising awareness of male cancers which we hope in the long term will have a positive impact on both cancer prevention and early detection of the disease.

'We know that early detection can make a difference to both treatment options and survival rates, so we believe that helping men to be more aware of symptoms and giving them the confidence to talk openly about their health is an important part of our work.

'Last year MUG, with the generous help of local fundraisers, was able to support the purchase of a new MRI software tool. The charity made a four-year commitment to fund the StageCRAFT software, which is now in use at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. This tool makes diagnosing prostate cancer faster and more accurate.

'MUG has also supported the work of the Health Improvement team to raise awareness of skin cancer. The cancer report does validate the need for this educational work, and we will continue to support the Health Improvement team's efforts over the summer.

'We also have plans to support their work around sun protection in schools and will be releasing information on that initiative very soon. Educating and engaging with young people has always been part of MUG's work, and we believe it is important to help the future generations of our community grow up with a pro-active health mindset.

'We are also supporting a campaign to help educate men and women who work outside during the summer which we hope will drive the important sun protection message home over the coming months.

'In the case of our Check Your Balls campaign, we know that creating better awareness does have a positive impact, increasing the number of men visiting their GPs and asking for advice and help promptly.

'However, the report shows that we have more work to do and we will use these findings, along with advice from our colleagues in the health departments, to inform our future campaigns.

'We urge men and women to get involved with our awareness campaigns and sign up to the Bermuda Shorts Week.'