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JIB supports prostate cancer awareness

Feb 20, 2017

JIB supports prostate cancer awarenessThe JIB is supporting an industry-wide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that kills over 10,000 men in the UK every year.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, with around 130 new cases every day, mostly affecting men over the age of 50.

Black African-Caribbean and black African men are at higher risk with a 1 in 4 chance of prostate cancer diagnosis, double the overall 1 in 8 risk faced by all men across the UK.

The JIB has partnered with Prostate Cancer UK, Unite the Union and their ‘It’s a Man Thing!’ campaign, to encourage electricians and electrical contractors to arm themselves with all the information on spotting the symptoms of the disease.

“Each year the medical cover provided by the JIB Benefits Scheme funds £10,000s towards prostate cancer treatment – so we know this is an issue affecting our industry as well as all others,” said Steve Brawley, JIB Chief Executive. “We urge individuals and companies to get the facts and spread the word about the risks and issues.”

Employers wishing to raise awareness amongst their workforce can arrange for a talk from one of Prostate Cancer UK’s trained volunteers. The friendly, informal sessions cover prostate issues, risks and what individuals can do for help.

For a video, resources and more information about prostate cancer visit www.jib.org.uk/prostate