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Charity march funds cutting-edge diagnostic technology

Thanks to thousands of walkers, joggers and runners, we have been able to support the purchase of a blue light camera to better diagnose men’s health concerns at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. 

Every year 150,000 men are treated at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for health concerns such as bladder, prostate or testicular cancers. This includes around 130 new cases of bladder cancer being diagnosed annually, with 100 of these needing surgery to have the tumour removed.

To help support men’s health projects we host March for Men every year, with hundreds of people from across the community coming together to walk, jog or run either 1km, 5km or 10km to help raise important funds to support the treatment of patients facing these challenges.

Traditional methods for diagnosing bladder cancer involve inspecting suspected tumours under white light, however white light cameras do not give the greatest visibility and poor detection can mean a higher chance of recurrence. 

With blue light cameras a special solution is placed into the bladder for about an hour before being inspected under both white and blue light. The solution is absorbed by the tumour cells and under blue light it lights up fluorescent red.

Kevin Turner, Consultant Urological Surgeon, said: ‘This blue light technology not only diagnoses and treats more accurately, it also reduces the number of treatments a patient needs as all of the tumour is identified at the start. It has revolutionised the way we care for our patients and we wouldn’t have been able to purchase this without the support of March for Men.’

Gordon Youngson and his family fronted last year’s campaign and recently visited the hospital to see the blue light equipment. He said: ‘It was great to see the end product of all the fundraising and I think how amazing this piece of equipment would’ve been during my treatment. It’s important that we keep fundraising for March for Men as you never know when it might be needed. Myself, my son and my grandson are three generations of our family and it’s important to remember that it’s not just the elderly affected by health problems. It’s amazing to think a 1km, 5km or 10km walk or run can raise funds for something that saves lives. We can’t wait to take part again this year.’

Geoff Jones has fundraised £10,000 for March for Men and he joined the Youngson family to see how his donations have helped support men’s health projects. He said: ‘It’s an absolutely fantastic piece of kit. I feel so privileged to have been involved in March for Men from the start and to have fundraised over £10,000. I’m not an athlete but have taken part and walked the 5km with my family, and would encourage others to take part. I’m pleased to be giving something back after being looked after so well in 2012 and 2013, and I’m still here thanks to them. I’d like to thank the team for saving my life and all the wonderful people who donate. I’m looking forward to this year’s event.’

Bournemouth Male Voice Choir has fundraised £22,500 in donations for the hospital and performed two concerts at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole. They said: ‘We are a variety of men and some of us have been or have family and friends that have been touched by cancer. We are intrinsically part of the local community and it is part of our mission to support local charities like Bournemouth Hospital Charity.’

This year’s March for Men will take place on Saturday 28 March at Bournemouth Pier Approach. Sign up by visiting our March for Men event page or by calling the Charity Office on 01202 704060.

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