Families at the heart of Run for the Future for Prostate Cancer

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Run for the Future for Prostate Cancer research at Southmead Hospital was launched today by celebrity supporter Carol Vorderman.  

Families across Bristol are urged to sign up for 2011’s prostate cancer run on Durdham Downs, in Clifton, to raise money for vital research into the disease.

The annual Run for the Future will be held on Sunday September 18 2011.

Run for the FutureCarol Vorderman today launched the countdown to this year’s event, which raises funds for research into prostate cancer at the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital.

She asked families to sign up for the event, which is organised by Rotary in Bristol, to help support local prostate cancer services and research into treatment and causes of the disease.

The 5th Run for the Future in 2010 was a great success with over 750 people taking part by running, walking or jogging the 5k course.

Over the five years the event has taken place nearly £200,000 has been raised for prostate cancer research in Bristol.

Carol said: “The lives of so many people are touched by prostate cancer.

“This is a fantastic event for all the family. At five kilometres it’s something we can all tackle, and there’s no pressure to be competitive! We encourage people to run, jog or walk.

“The wonderful thing about this event is that all the money raised goes to the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead hospital, which means that the funds really are supporting local people with this disease.

“Families are at the heart of the Run for the Future. This is an event that Bristol can be truly proud of. Please join us on September 18 and help us do even more to care for local prostate cancer patients.”

Run for the Future was established in 2005 by Rotary in Bristol to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Appeal at the Bristol Urological Institute.

The event has raised awareness about Prostate Cancer, and the availability of a simple test to aid prostate cancer diagnosis.

Small family teams of three can register for the event for just £35, and families of up to five for just £45. Individuals can register for £15. We hope that participants will try to raise a suggested £100 sponsorship.

You can register online http://www.runforthefuture.org/ or call 0117 323 8624.

Facts about prostate cancer:

  • Every year over 30,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK and over 10,000 men die from the disease.
  • Symptoms can include problems passing urine, lower back pain, pain in the hips and pelvis and occasionally blood in the urine, although this is rare. It is important to remember that not everyone with prostate cancer gets symptoms.
  • The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test can give an early indication of prostate cancer before symptoms occur. Only eight per cent of men request this test from their GP.
  • Anyone with any concerns about their prostate, particularly men above 50 or those above 45 with a family history of any form of cancer, should see their GP to discuss a free PSA test.
  • Black, and especially African Caribbean, men are three times more likely to get prostate cancer than white men.

Watch Southmead Hospital's prostate cancer robot in action in this short video.