Date Published: 24 July 2006
Irish yacht race team to take men's cancer message across Atlantic
The Irish Cancer Society has teamed up with new Irish racing yacht Bolands Mill to help raise awareness of the risk of prostate and testicular cancer amongst all men living in Ireland.
Bolands Mill skipper Ian Munslow is aiming to make history in November by being the first Irish boat to win a category of the Route du Rhum, one of the world's premier single-handed yacht races.
The 40-ft boat's hull and sails will carry the logo of the Irish Cancer Society in the 3400-mile race from St Malo, France to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, starting in late October.
" Men can often be blasé about their own health,"
" We hope that we can use the popularity of the race to help spread the message that all men need to be aware of the dangers and warning signs of prostate and testicular cancer."
At the launch of the initiative Emer O'Kane, Cancer Information Services Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said prostate cancer was the second most-common form of cancer amongst men in Ireland, while testicular cancer was the most common form of cancer in men aged between 15 and 34.
" The key is encouraging men to be more aware of the warning signs and symptoms of these common cancers and to get checked out if they are worried in any way. The good news is that, with early detection, prostate and testicular cancer can be treated very effectively. Testicular cancer, in particular, is nearly always curable."
_ We were delighted when the Bolands Mill team came to us with the idea of a partnership. Traditionally, messages about cancer in men have been difficult to communicate, so novel opportunities to raise awareness such as this one are especially valuable."
John McCormack, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society.
Bolands Mill will be moored on the River Liffey, near the Customs House from September 20th - October 4th 2006, giving the public a chance to view, board and possibly sail in the boat. The team will also hold a gala dinner and auction in Dublin on September 27th, with all profits going to the Irish Cancer Society prostate and testicular cancer awareness campaigns.