A Walsall World Record pinball attempt to raise awareness of prostate cancer as well as charity cash is now underway.
Wayne Johns, Theatre Equipment Manager at Walsall Manor Hospital, started playing at 12 noon today (Saturday 22 October) to beat the current 28 hour record. He has his sights set on 30 hours and is raising awareness of prostate cancer which his father Bill is suffering from.
Half of the money he raises will go towards Prostate Cancer UK and the other half towards Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers charity.
Mr Suresh Ganta, the Trust’s Consultant Urologist Surgeon, is urging people to get behind Wayne’s ambitious fundraiser.
“This is a really imaginative way to raise awareness of prostate cancer which
is the most common cancer in men in the UK,” he said.
“We are hoping to use the money raised for Well Wishers for a prostate biopsy probe to help us identify prostate cancer patients better. If there is a good amount raised we will be able to look at funding a urodynamics machine which also helps in the diagnosis of patients’ prostate problems.
“Symptoms of prostate cancer may not show themselves for years. They often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis).
When this happens, you may notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.”
Mr Ganta explained that the chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older - most cases develop in men aged 50 or older. It is more common in men of African-Caribbean or African descent, and less common in men of Asian descent.
Some cases of prostate cancer can be cured if treated in the early stages.
“I hope the attention that Wayne’s World Record bid has attracted locally, nationally and internationally will encourage us all to talk about men’s health more. And if you are having symptoms, or know someone who is, please go to your GP.”