A health chief admits there is an “appalling” lack of awareness of men’s health issues on the Fylde coast.
Dr Adam Janjua, vice-chair of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), hopes to bring the prevention of health problems to the public’s attention as part of the CCG’s strategy to improve its services across the two boroughs.
He made the comments during a meeting of Fylde Council’s community focus scrutiny committee, which the CCG attended to seek comments from councillors on the strategy.
During the discussion Coun Tim Armit commented on the lack of provision for the prevention of illnesses and diseases, especially awareness for testicular and prostate cancer.
He said: “I think we’ve heard from the NHS several times that prevention is five to seven times better than the cure, and yet we never see it visibly there - especially for men.”
In response, Dr Janjua said: “I completely agree with you. The state of it now is appalling.
“We’re not actually dealing with people’s health and stopping them from getting sick.
“There’s lots more communication to be done, my personal vision is to have not as many people get cancer.
“The actual public awareness campaigns don’t exist at the moment and it’s up to us to get them going.”
Following the discussion the committee resolved to thank the CCG members for their presentation and to ask for its comments to be considered.