ActionManIn 2018, Wessex Cancer Trust commissioned a qualitative study to assess the barriers experienced by men affected by cancer in seeking support. This was carried by a group of doctors in Hampshire and included a questionnaire, focus groups and interviews. We know that men are less likely than women to see their doctor when experiencing worrying symptoms, and we know men are less likely to talk about their health concerns. We applied to Action Hampshire for a grant to run this cancer awareness campaign because we believe it’s time for men to feel empowered to be proactive, to take personal responsibility for health concerns, to take action when experiencing worrying symptoms and to help their mates and loved ones by making it okay to talk about this difficult subject. We’re hoping to work with a team of male ‘ambassadors’ who will help us spread the word about the importance of taking action if you’re worried about any of the symptoms of cancer and also of the benefits of talking – a problem shared and all that. If you’ve had your own experience of cancer or a scare in the past, and would be happy to share your story with us, please do get in touch, we’d really like to hear from you. Home About Us Common Cancers in Men Take Action Live Well ActionMan Updates Information Kidney Cancer Kidney cancer is caused when abnormal cells in either of the kidneys start to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way. The cells can grow into surrounding tissues or organs and may spread to other areas of the body. There are about 7,700 new cases in men in the UK every year. In many cases, there are no obvious symptoms at first and a diagnosis may be given following tests for another condition. Symptoms can include: Blood in your pee – you may notice your pee is darker than usual or reddish in colour Persistent pain in your lower back or side, just below your ribs A lump or swelling in your side (although kidney cancer is often too small to feel) Extreme tiredness Loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss Persistent high blood pressure (hypertension) A high temperature Night sweats Swelling of the veins in the testicles Swollen glands in your neck Bone pain Coughing up blood Lifestyle risk factors: Being overweight Smoking Heavy use of painkillers such as Ibuprofen may also be a risk factor For more information about Kidney Cancer Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/kidney-cancer/ If you have any of these symptoms or are concerned about any other signs, take action and get checked out by your doctor. Source: NHS, 2020 and World Cancer Research Fund, 2019.