Irish Men’s Sheds Association & Ipsen launch national roadshow Shed Some Light on Prostate Cancer – encouraging more men across Ireland to share cancer experiences with peers.
New research among Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) members reveals:
- Almost a third of members actively avoid discussing health concerns with close ones
- 71% of members are worried about the prevalence of prostate cancer among men in Ireland
- 17% of members have experienced prostate cancer, and 57% have had a close friend or family member diagnosed
Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) has partnered with biopharmaceutical company Ipsen Ireland to launch a national roadshow series Shed Some Light on Prostate Cancer taking place across 16 locations on the 22nd of November.
IMSA and Ipsen have launched the Shed Some Light on Prostate Cancer roadshows to create opportunities for men to share their own stories with peers and facilitate a national conversation around the illness this prostate cancer awareness month. IMSA and Ipsen hope that by encouraging more discussions around prostate cancer in local Men’s Sheds across the country, more men will realise that they are not alone on their cancer journey and they can confide in others about their concerns.
The roadshow events will be led by a team of IMSA members who volunteered as conversation facilitators and attended an insights session to help them lead prostate cancer discussions with members in their local Men’s Shed. These local IMSA members will facilitate conversations about prostate cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis and management – with the overall goal of creating a forum for diagnosed and undiagnosed members to speak about their personal experiences and worries.
Commenting on IMSA and Ipsen’s partnership Enda Egan CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association said:
“The Men’s Shed environment is a unique and supportive space where men feel safe with other men to talk about their health and wellbeing issues. We hope our Shed community can openly discuss and learn more a major men’s health issue, which men actively avoid talking about, through the ‘Shed Some Light on Prostate Cancer’ roadshow.
“Sometimes we have to recognise that individuals are ‘experts’ in their own lives and have valuable life experience and learnings to share with others. But just as Shedders share woodturning, bee keeping and painting skills with each other in their local Sheds, there are also opportunities to share individual insights and advice for health-related issues including cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
“We commend all Shed members who have participated in the insights session to become conversation facilitators for our national roadshow series, and we urge Shedders throughout Ireland to join the local events this month to discuss a medical condition that unfortunately touches the lives of so many men across the country.”
For more information, visit ipsen.com
 Common cancers that affect men | Irish Cancer Society. Accessed: November 2022