Photo exhibition at North Manchester Care Organisation puts prostate cancer survivors in the picture

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Photo exhibition at North Manchester Care Organisation puts prostate cancer survivors in the picture
25 October 2019

NORTH Manchester General Hospital is hosting a photo exhibition that captures the experiences of prostate cancer patients and their partners.

‘Prostate Cancer Every Picture Tells a Story,’ by Ian Smith, will be launched in the Postgraduate Education Centre at North Manchester General Hospital on Wednesday 6 November, between 1.30 and 3.30pm.

After this time the exhibition will move to G block link corridor, where it will be on display until the New Year.

Ian is from Anderton near Chorley, and the subject is one that is close to his heart, as he too is living with prostate cancer.

He hopes his photos will encourage men to take more responsibility for their health.

Ian said:

“My exhibition illustrates that being diagnosed with prostate cancer does not have to be a death sentence. The five subjects are evidence of that; they are all now living a ‘new norm.’

“It’s also about how important the support of a wife or partner is on that journey. I hope it will bring inspiration to men who might be starting on that journey. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.

“Men don’t often talk about their health as they’re too embarrassed but one in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer.

“You need to get checked. I wish I hadn’t ignored my symptoms. My world just fell apart when I was diagnosed. I needed a lot of treatment and am still receiving care.

“If I can stop just one man feeling the way I felt, it will be a success to me. I want to give guys the confidence to get checked. They need to get checked early. This is my main message.”

This exhibition has been organised by Hannah McKearnen, Macmillan Information & Support Service Coordinator, and Helen Wrench, Macmillan Project Lead, Living With and Beyond Cancer, both from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which runs North Manchester Care Organisation.

The NCA brings together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts and operates four Care Organisations; Salford, Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester.

Helen Wrench said:

“This is a really moving exhibition, which has toured the country visiting different hospitals, and we are pleased to support the message, which is to encourage men to take prostate cancer seriously and be brave enough to seek help quickly if they think they are experiencing any of the symptoms.”

If you would like to attend the exhibition launch, please notify the Macmillan Information and Support Service on 0161 604 5244 or email macmillan.infocentre@pat.nhs.uk so that we can make provision for refreshments.

Ian’s work can be viewed at www.iansmithphoto.com

Visit the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service based at North Manchester General Hospital for more information and support or go to www.macmillan.org.uk.

Pictured: Andrew and Pat*

* A representative image from the exhibition (cropped). Photo by Ian Smith