Prostate Cancer is being put in the spotlight on the Isle of Wight today (Sunday).

A popular open mic session in Cowes has invited the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group to it’s regular Sunday afternoon slot.

The Black Cat Blues Club decided to invite the cancer support group after hearing that a some regular attendees have been affected by the disease.

The event coincides with Movember, the charity fundraising month when men are encouraged to grow a moustache and raise money for the charity to support of men’s health issues.

In the UK, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer – here on the Island that figure is 1 in 7.

Alan Taylor is the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group. He said:

“The Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group was started by a group of men who met while travelling to QA Hospital for Radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

“Since then, the rising number of men being diagnosed and dying from prostate cancer has led to the Group becoming a registered charity and has become proactive in encouraging men not only to talk about prostate cancer, but by organising PSA testing events, enabling men to be tested without the perceived embarrassment of going to their local surgery.

“With one in seven men on the Isle of Wight being diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Group also has a political lobbying committee to push for better medical support for men living with prostate cancer.

“Men need to understand that many men have no symptoms when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer, so get PSA tested! We tested 400 men at our last event in October, and our next event is in April 2020 in Cowes.”

The Black Cat Blues Club is organised by local musicians Simon Clark and Damien Paul.

Simon added:

“The Black Cat Blues Club is a chance for anyone to come along, any age, any ability to play at the Anchor on the second Sunday. You can get up and play or sit back and enjoy some great music.

“We decided to invite the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group over this month because we’d learned of a few people just recently that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“We felt that it was important to take this opportunity to help the conversation get going, to really give people the opportunity to learn a little bit more and things that can be done to maybe catch prostate cancer in earlier stage.”

The Black Cat Blues Club starts at 4pm today (Sunday) in the Stable Bar at the Anchor in Cowes.

Entry is always free and any age or ability is encouraged to join in.