MUG charity supports men and their families affected by male cancers

February 14th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Male Uprising In Guernsey (MUG) – a new and much-needed Guernsey Charitable Trust – aims to raise awareness of male prostate, testicular and bowel cancer, and encourage men to get tested and treated earlier.

The Male Uprising In Guernsey takes its inspiration from the phenomenal work already done for breast cancer by the Pink Ladies. This is the male equivalent. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with one man diagnosed every 15 minutes. 

Prostate cancer accounts for nearly a quarter (24%) of all new UK male cancer diagnoses. Although there has been a huge rise in prostate cancer incidence over the last 20 years, this has not been reflected in mortality rates due to effective treatment

A ‘Male Uprising In Guernsey’ education and awareness campaign is centered on being proactive, to encourage men, whatever their age, to be more assertive, responsive and questioning of their symptoms and to seek medical advice as early as possible. Anyone who is concerned about male cancers or symptoms should contact their GP in the first instance.

Prostate cancer is MUG’s campaign theme for 2012 with bowel and testicular cancers the focus for 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Chairman Trevor Kelham explains ‘the main aim of Male Uprising in Guernsey is to support men and their families, who are affected by male cancers. We’d like to encourage contact and discussion and also be a source of information about the disease – so people have someone to turn to. We are also aiming to raise £250,000 over the next three years.

Roger Allsopp will bring his vast experience of the medical profession to the charity in the role of patron. He will advise on how the monies raised are best spent. This will be divided between research, increasing awareness, treatments and providing support. Roger’s passion in raising the profile of cancer and his personal swimming achievements are an inspiration.

MUG trustees include Tony Tostevin (managing director of The Partnership), Gavin Ferguson (managing partner at Appleby) and Ian Brown (owner of Ian Browns Cycles).

Tony Tostevin explains his motivation, ‘I’ve personally had family and friends affected by male cancer, far too early in their lives. I am sure this resonates with many people, and I know that together we can make a difference. Look out for our Male Uprising fund-raising events later in the year.’

Ian Brown added ‘The Guernsey Pink Ladies are an inspiration for Male Uprising Guernsey. If we can do half the good work they have achieved, but this time for male cancers and raising much needed funds for research and improved diagnosis, then our efforts will be well worthwhile.’

Trustee Gavin Ferguson also has personal reasons for being involved.  “As a result of my close personal experience with cancer and my father’s previous profession as a colorectal surgeon, I am all too aware of the importance for males to look after their health. I was delighted to be asked by Trevor to help with setting up this Guernsey charity and am looking forward to contributing to the charity’s aims, which include encouraging more men to get tested for these often preventable diseases,” he said.

The organisation will maintain close contact the UK based Prostate Cancer Charity and the Guernsey medical profession. MUG committee members includes individuals from the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department, Pink Ladies breast cancer charity, Guernsey Police and many others who collectively are all eager to fight against unnecessary male cancer deaths.

MUG is also proud to be working with Robin Penna and John Dempster from the charity group Orchidians who already do a fantastic job for those suffering from prostate cancer.


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