5TH MAY 2016

UCARE and raising awareness within our EOD community

UCARE is the charity for urology cancer research and education.


As a local business we were kindly invited to their event by UCARE to their preview at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 5-8 May 2016, three counties showground. As our HQ is located in Herefordshire, and many of our colleagues live in this area, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire (and nearby), it was without hesitation I went along.


In turn I now feel it is right to raise the profile of their excellent work to our beloved Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and friends, who are predominantly male.


Urology may seem a taboo subject to some, while others could be forgiven for wondering exactly what it means. There are five types of cancer UCARE define under this ‘umbrella’ heading:

  • Prostate
  • Penis
  • Testicular
  • Bladder
  • Kidney

There are therefore more instances in men than women that this type of cancer occurs.


In fact, I was surprised to learn yesterday that urological cancer represents nearly 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK each year. Heart wrenchingly around 18,000 people die in the UK alone, because of it.


The key message is that many may not be aware of the signs and symptoms, which lead to detection and therefore early treatment – which could and should help to redress this high number.


Hopefully you are now a little bit more aware you may want to become further informed about how to spot signs, symptoms or feel compelled to donate too, and make a difference. It could save your life or someone who you love. Find out more now.


Finally, if you get the chance, please visit the showground and see some of the horticultural highlights for yourself. There is even a UCARE garden, designed by Emily Sharpe… spot their symbolic tulip ‘caresse’ which stands proud as a symbol of hope in the treatment and care of patients with urological cancers.