Movember brings ManVan to Aberystwyth

manvanROUGHLY 3,000 men in Wales are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer every year.

The effect of Movemeber (the moustache-growing campaign) will come into effect within the following months; in 2012 the campaign raised £27 million in the UK and a whopping £92 million around the world. The campaign funded the 38ft (12m) long ManVan, costing roughly £600,000, which  is set to travel through Wales, educating and raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

The proposed route for the ManVan is Llandudno, Llangollen, Kidwelly, Carmarthen, Burry Port, Port Talbot, Barry, Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Swansea, Maesteg, Newtown, Aberystwyth, Rhayader and Brecon.

The purpose of the ManVan is to provide educational talks, informing men how to spot testicular or prostate cancer, and for counseling for those living in deprived or hard to reach rural areas. The chief executive of Tenvous Claudia McVie expressed in an interview how she wants to “improve the support available for men who have prostate or testicular cancer in Wales.”

The ManVan will be essential for men, as men aren’t always comfortable talking about their health problems. It is designed to be a comfortable, relaxing place where men can drop in and have the advice and comfort that need.

_73784475_manvan2Claudia McVie also told the press: “We have years of experience delivering mobile cancer care into the heart of communities and now thanks to The Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK, we can start to reach men who otherwise often go unsupported.”

More information on prostate or testicular cancer can be found here.

ASM will keep you updated as when the ManVan is expected arrive in Aber.