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 Skin Cancer (melanoma) Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body. There are about 8,100 new cases in men in the UK every year. Symptoms can include The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can happen anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas is the back in men. Melanomas are uncommon in areas that are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp. In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour. The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole that gradually changes shape, size or colour. Lifestyle risk factors Ultraviolet light from sun exposure or sunbed use. Certain things can increase your chance of developing melanoma, such as having Lots of moles or freckles Pale skin that burns easily Red or blonde hair A close family member who's had melanoma For more information about Skin Cancer (Melanoma) Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/melanoma-skin-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.