In this country, Prostate Cancer claims a new victim every 45 minutes, it is the number 1 cancer in men, with 1 in 8 over the age of 50 being diagnosed, a figure which rises to as much as 1 in 4 in the black community. It has overtaken breast cancer as the third deadliest form of the disease after lung and bowel cancer.
Ms. Jyoti Shah, Macmillan Consultant Urological Surgeon with University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust, along with Mrs. Sarah Minns, specialist Macmillan Nurse, operate an innovative health campaign designed to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and alleviate the ‘fear factor’ of being screened. The ‘Inspire Health: Fighting Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which has been running since early 2016, enables men to seek advice and get screened by visiting a ‘pop-up’ clinic in venues based within local communities across the region where they feel more comfortable and which are easily accessible. There is no charge to attend a screening event, costs are covered by donations and fundraising.
Last Friday evening (5th April 2019) Nottinghamshire Freemasons hosted a special evening at the HQ in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, in recognition, appreciation and support of the life-saving work carried out by Ms. Shah and Mrs. Minns, both of whom were in attendance. Several leaders of Freemasonry in Nottinghamshire and their wives, including the Grand Superintendent, E. Companion Richard Gutteridge and his wife Linda, along with VIPs from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and rank and file Masons and their spouses and partners, gathered in support of this life-saving campaign.
Prior to handing over a cheque for £1,000 to Ms. Shah, E. Companion Richard informed the gathering that he himself had been tested, but due to being on holiday shortly after, didn't receive his results until a few weeks later - quite a stressful time. He went on to say that he, and the Holy Royal Arch in Nottinghamshire, were fully behind the campaign and the work carried out by Ms. Shah and Mrs. Minns (ed. which concludes with 2 screening sessions in Worksop later in the year).